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Taylor Alumna Kari Travis receives Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship

  • By: Braden Ochs
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Taylor University alumna and Carolina Journal Associate Editor Kari Travis has been named recipient of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship.

Affiliated with The Fund for American Studies, the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship awards grants to fund a major, year-long investigative journalism project. Travis will continue to work for the Carolina Journal while working on her Novak Fellowship project.

Named after Robert Novak, the late American journalist known for his strong-willed reporting, the Fellowship was founded in 1994 and has welcomed 141 fellows since the start.

Travis's project, Not for Sale: Liberty, Responsibility, and the Role of Conservatism in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, will focus on the problem of domestic sex trafficking. Her investigation will be seeking data-based policy recommendation lawmakers could implement to combat it.

Travis joined the Carolina Journal in April 2015 and began reporting on human trafficking last year. She received a North Carolina Press Association award for portions of her work with the Journal.

Travis graduated from Taylor in 2014 majoring in Professional Writing and Political Science. She served on The Echo newspaper for three years finishing her time at Taylor with the role of Editor-in-Chief.