Jessica Opatich begins her 9-month Fulbright research period in September 2017 and will examine women's participation in community radio specifically within the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN). Ms. Opatich graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a bachelors degree from the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. She also reported for WSHU Public Radio, a National Public Radio (NPR) member-station that serves Connecticut and Long Island. Her reporting has broadcasted locally, regionally and nationally. She was named one of the Top 20 Radio Reporters among college students nationally by the Hearst Corporation. She also won a Folio award for environmental reporting.

Ms. Opatich's research will be facilitated overall by Mr. Kofi Larweh, lead trainer at GCRN, and Ms. Wilna Quarmyne, co-founder of Radio Ada and GCRN. Her research seeks to offer insight into and implications for the empowerment of women in independent media in Ghana. Ms. Opatich was born in Paraguay and raised on Long Island. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, hiking and reading.


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