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Neisler awarded a Pulitzer Center grant

Jul 17, 2020

Flagler College senior Jordan Neisler has been awarded a Pulitzer Center grant for her examination of the water crisis in Jordan.

The Center’s 2020 class is comprised of 37 Reporting Fellows. Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, the fellows, including Neisler, have adjusted their reporting structure accordingly to take place from within the U.S. If reporting internationally is required, then their reporting travel has been delayed and will be rescheduled once the crisis subsides.

This year the Fellows chosen will be reporting on issues related to the effects of the pandemic in 23 countries. An example is Neisler’s examination of the effects that water scarcity in Jordan – ranked by the World Resources Institute as the fifth driest country – has on its refugees. Other examples include pandemic effects related to culture, education, justice and immigration, among others.

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to take the Pulitzer Center class this past spring. This class gave me the opportunity to write a reporting grant on a topic that I am very passionate about, water insecurity and how it is affecting refugees in Jordan,” said Neisler about her work which began in a Flagler class offered by Associate Professor of Social Sciences Brenda Kauffman. The class is PDH 340 The Pulitzer Center & Global Issues.

“I am incredibly honored that my grant was chosen to be funded, and I am very excited to report in Jordan later this year,” she said.

Flagler’s first Fellow was 2018 Pulitzer Center Student Fellow Jared Olson, ’20. His report was entitled, “The Displaced Campesinos of Nicolas Ruiz.”

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