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Discover Haiti’s Entrepreneurs & Businesses:
Marjorie Valbrun: Independent Journalist

marjorie-valbrunMarquette University’s J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication has announced its next class of three journalists to take part in The Perry and Alicia O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism. Known as O’Brien Fellows, each journalist chosen for the fellowship spends an academic year on campus researching and producing an in-depth public service journalism project – and working with Marquette students, giving them first-hand experience.

The 2014-2015 O’Brien Fellows are Brandon Loomis, a reporter at The Arizona Republic, Raquel Rutledge, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Marjorie Valbrun, an independent journalist aligned with The Washington Post. They will begin their fellowships in August 2014 and reside within the College of Communication for the 2014-15 academic year.

Marjorie Valbrun has worked for The Baltimore Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Miami Herald. Her work has also appeared frequently in The Washington Post. Valbrun spent a year reporting on the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She has won awards for international reporting and feature and editorial writing. She has degrees from Long Island University and Columbia University and teaches journalism at Howard University. She is a former Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and Neiman Fellow.


Discover Haiti’s Entrepreneurs and Businesses, a feature developed by the Embassy of Haiti, introduces readers to the many talents that Haiti offers. The Embassy will regularly highlight Haiti’s entrepreneurs and businesses. Inclusion in this feature does not imply an endorsement of the person, business or service. If you would like to nominate a Haitian entrepreneur for this feature, please submit their name and bio along with your contact information using the comment section of our website feedback form. Thank you for your continued support.