Eight accomplished journalists from various parts of Asia have begun the East-West Center’s special U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar. On the 12-day tour immediately before, during and after the election, the journalists will visit Florida, Ohio and Washington, DC to gain perspectives on the American electoral system and the issues involved in the presidential contest.

Building on EWC’s longstanding program of highly regarded travel-study seminars for journalists, the election reporting tour is the first of its kind for the Center. In the “swing states” of Florida and Ohio, considered crucial battlegrounds in the presidential election, the program will provide participating journalists with access to government and political party officials, candidates, business leaders, academics, fellow journalists, community activists and voters to provide in-depth views of the election process, policy issues and American voter attitudes. Immediately after the election, participants will travel to Washington, DC to hear reactions from experts and policy analysts about how the election results might impact U.S. foreign policy.

The EAST-WEST CENTER seeks to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

The seminar participants are:

  • Ms. Yin Ping Chan, Executive Producer, Radio Television Hong Kong
  • Ms. Yan Cheng, Asst. Director of International News, Shanghai Morning Post
  • Mr. John Hartevelt, Political Reporter, Fairfax Media, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mr. Mahesh Mhatre, Editor and Publisher, Daily Prahaar, Mumbai, India
  • Mr. Bikash Mohapatra, Chief Features Editor, Rediff India Limited, Mumbai
  • Mr. Benjamin Nadarajan, Asst.  Foreign Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore
  • Mr. Duong Ngo, Editor, Young and Army Affairs Section, Tien Phong newspaper, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ms. Mariya Shahsawar, Current Affairs Manager, Hasht e Subh Daily, Kabul, Afghanistan
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