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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Phuong Tran, 2000

Communications, World Vision

Phuong is the child of Vietnamese refugees

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MA in Journalism at Columbia University

Phuong Tran works for the international NGO, World Vision, based in Bangkok, Thailand, where she oversees communications for seven country offices in East Asia.

Previously, she worked as reporter, then as senior editor, for the website IRIN, which reports on emergencies. Phuong focused on health, conflict, migrants and climate change in West Africa and Southeast Asia, leading her writers to produce award-winning humanitarian reporting.  In addition to field reporting from natural disasters, Phuong's enterprise reporting included a six-week embed behind fighting lines with Tuareg rebels in northern Niger; in-depth reporting on HIV, urban disasters, chronic malnutrition, and; neglected conflicts.

Phuong was born in Weatherford, Texas only months after her parents fled Vietnam. Her family subsequently settled in Mustang, Oklahoma.

Phuong received her BA in Science and Technology/International Affairs from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and an MA in journalism from Columbia University.

The trials of her own family and those of relatives who escaped after years in labor camps contributed to Phuong's decision to work as a case manager for Indochinese refugee families in Washington, DC as an Americorps volunteer, and €" a decade later €" to focus on refugees/asylum seekers in her years of emergency reporting.

She is represented by International Creative Management Talent Agency in New York City. 

  • MA Journalism | Columbia University 2001
  • BS Foreign Service, International Politics | Georgetown University 1997
Work History
  • World Vision, Communications