Ruberg wins Marie Colvin Fellowship to report from London |
Sara Ruberg ’22 will take her next steps in journalism as the recipient of the Marie Colvin Journalism Fellowship.
Ruberg, who has never traveled abroad, will leave for London this summer to be a reporter for the the wall street journal.
“It was international reporting that brought me to journalism. When I was younger, I remember watching the news from Syria and hearing about Malala Yousafzai; those stories really touched me and pushed me,” said Ruberg, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. “Now that I can go abroad and achieve what started my dream, I feel like it’s come full circle.”
Ruberg is of mixed race and her Indian roots marked her and her brother as different when they were growing up. These experiences helped spark her interest in journalism and her desire to tell stories that often go unnoticed and unrecognized.
“Too often, international media coverage of the peoples of South Asia and the Middle East presents them as either helpless refugees or radical terrorists,” Ruberg said. “It is important to cover war and conflict, but the mainstream media often fails to give brown people a voice outside of that.
“In the Middle East, activists are fighting for the well-being of their country and seeking solutions,” she said. “In an era of climate crisis and environmental destruction, journalists cannot leave them behind or forget them. They too deserve a spotlight.
The Colvin Fellowship is offered by the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, which honors the life and legacy of Marie Colvin, an acclaimed foreign correspondent who was killed covering the war in Syria. The scholarship is supported by NewsCorp. It is awarded to an outstanding graduate student each year and includes a 10-week reporting assignment in one of the Journal’s overseas offices. Previous Fellows have reported from London, Hong Kong and Mexico City.
“I am so proud that the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting can offer Sara this opportunity to put her talent into action, and I know my sister would be honored,” said Cat Colvin, Founder and Board Member. of the Colvin Center, and Marie’s sister. “It is particularly significant that the Marie Colvin Prize is awarded to Sara, who exemplifies Marie’s dedication to giving a voice to the voiceless. I know Sara has a bright future ahead of her.
At Stony Brook, Ruberg worked on the in-depth report project that documented the university’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Stony Brook transformed. She sits on the School’s Student Advisory Council and is the Editor-in-Chief of The statesman. The SoCJ awarded him several scholarships in recognition of his accomplishments and professional goals.
Outside of Stony Brook, she has been an associate producer on the WSHU podcast higher ground, which was featured on National Public Radio’s Science Friday show. She worked as an associate producer on “Mayor of Maple Avenuean audio documentary that tells the story of a victim of Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced former Penn State football coach who is serving 60 years in prison for sexual abuse.
“I worked so, so, so hard all through college. I put it all in there,” Ruberg said. “Things went wrong when the pandemic hit because there weren’t as many internships. I continued to work very hard and everything finally seems to be paying off. This is what I have been working towards.
“I’m so very honored that they chose me to be at the Wall Street Journal. It’s such an amazing organization, and it’s going to be a really different experience for me. It’s something I look forward to. which I have been working on for years.