FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Announces 2020 Fellows


From left to right: Dan Glaun; Lila Hassan.

June 5, 2020
Anne Husted Manager, Public Relations & Communications, FRONTLINE

This Fall, FRONTLINE (PBS) will welcome its newest class of FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellows: Lila Hassan and Dan Glaun.

Hassan and Glaun will be FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School’s sixth cohort of fellows, who will report transmedia projects for FRONTLINE that combine text, video, photography, audio and graphics across broadcast and digital platforms. Their fellowships are generously supported by The Tow Foundation and the Abrams Foundation.

Lila Hassan is a 2020 master’s graduate of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Lorana-Sullivan scholarship recipient. Before Columbia, Hassan was the senior Middle East and North Africa associate at Human Rights Watch, where she contributed research and support to investigative reports of human rights abuses across the region. She was also an editorial intern at Thomson Reuters Cairo bureau, where she covered disappearances and torture of opposition figures and children, black market raids, international business deals, and court trials. In Istanbul, she covered the crackdown of an LGBTQ Pride parade, Syrian refugees’ resettlement, and regional migration trends. Currently in New York City, she is covering religion, immigration, and inequality. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Reuters, Documented, and The Daily Sabah. Hassan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from the Scholars Program at CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was also a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow.  Her FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School fellowship is supported by The Tow Foundation.

Dan Glaun is also a graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting, where he completed a master’s project on the under-reporting of domestic violence in Brooklyn religious communities. A Massachusetts native, he previously worked as a staff reporter for MassLive, covering criminal justice, government accountability and breaking news, and also served as a news assistant at The New York Times. He has won New England Newspaper and Press Association awards for crime, education and investigative reporting, and was awarded Columbia’s Louis Winnick Prize for student reporting on New York City. Glaun’s FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School fellowship is supported by the Abrams Foundation.

“As we continue to cover the impacts of this historic pandemic — as well as other pressing issues of our time — we are thrilled to have Lila and Dan join our reporting ranks,” says FRONTLINE Exec. Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath. “Over the past five years, our Columbia Journalism School fellows have become an essential part of our newsroom, supporting our journalism with fresh perspectives and thoughtful storytelling. We are so grateful to The Tow Foundation, Columbia and the Abrams Foundation for their ongoing support for these fellowships.”

“We are thrilled to again partner with FRONTLINE on this important fellowship, which has become one of the crown jewels of our school’s postgraduate opportunities in public interest reporting,” says Columbia Journalism School Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Steve Coll. “At a time when independent journalism is both under severe pressure and more essential than ever, FRONTLINE is a beacon for the values Columbia Journalism holds highest.”

During their fellowship at FRONTLINE, Hassan and Glaun will contribute to FRONTLINE’s increasing number of interactive and digital-first investigations, as well as report on their own enterprise projects.

The Tow Foundation, established in 1988 by Leonard and Claire Tow, funds projects that offer transformative experiences to individuals and create collaborative ventures in fields where they see opportunities for breakthroughs, reform, and benefits for underserved populations. Investments focus on the support of innovative programs and system reform in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, medicine, higher education, and culture. For more information, visit

The Abrams Foundation, based in Boston, was founded by Amy and David Abrams in 1997. Its mission is to nurture creative, deeply informed communities, while promoting equity and fairness. Grant making is concentrated in three areas: journalism and narrative, arts and creativity, and access and opportunity. For more information, visit

FRONTLINE, U.S. television’s longest running investigative documentary series, explores the issues of our times through powerful storytelling. FRONTLINE has won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 91 Emmy Awards and 22 Peabody Awards. Visit and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube to learn more. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation, the Park Foundation, The John and Helen Glessner Family Trust and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.

For more than a century, Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers Masters of Science, Masters of Arts, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, and Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses The Columbia Journalism Review, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, The John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Awards. For more information, visit