The Lynne Duke International Fellowship is named to honor the memory and journalistic legacy of Washington Post writer and editor Lynne Duke. She worked at The Post from 1987 to 2008 and she was a long-time member the National Association of Black Journalists.
Ms. Duke covered many high-profile national and international stories. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a 1987 feature article about the
violent fallout of crack cocaine and intransigent poverty at a Miami
public housing project known as "the Graveyard."
She also has a very special connection with Africa. Covering South Africa was a defining experience for Ms. Duke. She first went there for The Post in 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. She returned to Johannesburg in 1994 for the nation’s first multiracial election and stayed on to cover Mandela’s presidency. She also jumped around the region for breaking news, including the aftermath of Mobutu Sese Seko’s dictatorial rule in what was then Zaire.covered international stories including the legacy of apartheid South Africa.
Ms. Duke began her career at the Miami Herald after graduating from Columbia University’s journalism school in 1985.