The Class of 2010’s Teresa Tomassoni has been named the second Stone & Holt Weeks Fellow.
Created by NPR and The Washington Post in memory of two brothers who were killed in a tragic highway crash in July 2009, the fellowship is designed to help a young reporter launch a journalism career. Starting in September, Tomassoni will work full time at The Washington Post for at least 13 weeks, then she will move to NPR to learn its brand of radio journalism for another four months.
Tomassoni, a native of Prince George’s County, MD, said her interest in journalism was largely inspired by her work as a counselor for domestic sex trafficking survivors for the New York City-based nonprofit GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services.) “I chose to pursue journalism as a means to educate the public about complex social issues like human trafficking,” she explained.
While a student at the CUNY J-School, she chose the urban reporting subject concentration, and she interned at NY1, The New York Times Lens Blog, and The Local. After she graduated, she did an internship at Crain’s New York Business, temped at WNYC, and continued to serve as a consultant for GEMS.
Stone and Holt Weeks, who were 24 and 20 respectively at the time of their deaths, were known for their commitment to social causes and helping people less fortunate than they were. Their father, Linton Weeks, is a reporter at NPR and spent nearly two decades at The Washington Post. Their mother, Jan Taylor Weeks, is an artist, teacher, and volunteer.