Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Fernanda Echávarri both took part in The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Olivarez-Giles also was a Metpro fellow at the Los Angeles Times.
Former UA journalism student Marisa Gerber, who graduated in May 2011, won a prestigious Metpro fellowship at the Los Angeles Times.
This marks the fifth year in a row that UA School of Journalism graduates have landed in the diversity program, which is designed to help beginning journalists launch careers in Tribune newsrooms. Past recipients include Nathan Olivarez-Giles, who is joining Wired magazine, and Nicole Santa Cruz, Stephen Ceasar and Dalina Castellanos, who are all still with the LA Times.
Gerber won the award as the top senior and top newsperson in the School of Journalism in 2011, and interned at the OC Weekly after graduation.
Castellanos, a native of Nogales, Ariz., interned at the Tucson Citizen and was a Chips Quinn Scholar at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington. She also worked as the Navajo correspondent. at the Gallup (N.M.) Independent.
Ceasar was a James Reston fellow at The New York Times and took part in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. He also helped lead an investigation while interning at the Arizona Daily Star of alleged abuses in a Department of Homeland Security program.
Santa Cruz, former editor in chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, also took part in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and was a Chips Quinn scholar at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore. She also interned at The Oregonian.
Olivarez-Giles has been covering technology for the Los Angeles Times. He also was a Reston fellow at The New York Times and took part in the Times' Student Journalism Institute. This spring he'll be moving to the Bay Area to cover technology for Wired magazine.