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Texas Tribune welcomes three new fellows

July 25, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The following excerpt was sent out from The Texas Tribune:

The Texas Tribune is proud to welcome three fellows to our staff.

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Eli Hartman

Eli Hartman joins us as a staff photographer next month and will work with us through May 2024 through a Poynter-Koch Fellow in Media and Journalism.

A native of Midland, Eli began his photography career as a live music and band photographer, capturing images of West Texas’ music scene. Now based in San Marcos, he’s completing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Texas State University. He previously worked at the Odessa American in the Permian Basin, where his work won dozens of awards from the Texas Managing Editors and National Press Photographers Association.

Conversational in Spanish, he will help the Tribune recruit and develop freelance photographers in the region in addition to taking on occasional photo editing shifts. He will report to director of photography Pu Ying Huang.


Neelam Bohra
Neelam Bohra

Neelam Bohra, a two-time Tribune fellow who wrote many memorable stories for us in 2021, returned to our newsroom this month for one year to cover disability issues in Texas.

Neelam, who is immunocompromised and received a kidney transplant in 2019 from an altruistic donor who is also a journalist, will embed with us as a 2023-24 New York Times disability reporting fellow, a program funded by The Times in partnership with the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and philanthropic funders including the Ford Foundation.

A native of McKinney, Neelam was a news editor and investigative projects editor at The Daily Texan. She graduated from the University of Austin in 2022 with degrees in journalism and political science. Along with her fall and spring 2021 fellowships at the Tribune, Neelam has worked at The Austin Chronicle, CNN Digital and Politico. She will begin her fellowship with us remotely, in July, and move to Austin not long after.


Pooja Sandhu
Pooja Sandhu

Last but not least, Pooja Sandhu joined our marketing and communications team as a fellow on July 10. She graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from San Jose State University. She also holds two associate’s degrees, in business administration and in economics, from Berkeley City College. Pooja grew up in El Cerrito, California, east of the San Francisco Bay.

Pooja will work with us through January 10, thanks to the INN + GNI Fellowship in Digital Marketing, a partnership of the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Google News Initiative.

Pooja is passionate about digital marketing for impact-driven organizations, and reports to Kerri Qunell, director of marketing and communications.

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