About Us

Hosted by Abi Wright and Lisa R. Cohen, On Assignment features lively conversations we’ve had with some of the remarkable journalists who come by the Columbia Journalism School. 

The duPont Awards honor the best in audio-visual reporting across platforms including broadcast, documentary, local investigative, radio and interactive journalism. We started On Assignment Podcast to go behind the scenes and bring you the conversations we were having with the leading journalists in the field, many of whom are also past duPont Award winners. 

Reach us on Twitter, or email us at team@onassignmentpodcast.org. Remember to subscribe on iTunes!


Abi Wright, Host 

Abi Wright is the Executive Director of Columbia Journalism School’s professional prizes department. She spent seven years working at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), where she worked most recently as Communications Director. Wright spent 2003 through 2005 reporting on press abuses throughout Asia as CPJ’s Asia Program Coordinator. Wright worked as a producer in the NBC News’ Moscow bureau in the 1990’s covering the first Chechen war, the Yeltsin years, and the war in Bosnia. She also researched the origins of the Iranian Revolution in Tehran for the ABC News series “The Century.”  Follow her on Twitter.


Lisa R. Cohen, Host 

Lisa R. Cohen is the Director of Prizes administering the duPont-Columbia Awards, and an adjunct professor teaching broadcast and video journalism. Cohen is an Emmy award winning former network television news producer, documentary filmmaker, and book author. She was also the Director/Producer/Writer of the verité documentary “Serving Life,” in collaboration with Executive Producer Forest Whitaker, for the OWN Doc Club. Previously, Cohen worked for over twenty years in network news, including long stints producing for ABC News “PrimeTime Live” and CBS News “60 Minutes,” then wrote the book "AFTER ETAN," about one of those stories. Follow her on Twitter.

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Millie Christie-Dervaux, Producer

Millie Christie-Dervaux is Special Projects Coordinator for the duPont-Columbia Awards at the Columbia Journalism School. She's worked for the Columbia Journalism Review and Vox.com and is writer and editor of strange things on the internet. Follow her on Twitter.


2017 duPont-Columbia Award Fellows

Through a competitive annual process,  Columbia Journalism School graduate students are selected to work for the duPont-Columbia Center. From September through May, the research fellows are an integral part of the duPont Awards, liaising with their classmates and visiting journalists, assisting with duPont-Columbia Center public events and carrying out special projects.



Ingrid Holmquist

Ingrid Holmquist is a Master of Science student in the Documentary Program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She grew up in Nebraska and graduated in 2015 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied broadcast journalism and Spanish. Since graduating she’s worked as a freelance reporter and photojournalist, interned for the Chicago Tribune and was National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore’s assistant and photo/video editor. She hopes to produce and shoot short documentaries. Follow her on Twitter.


Kadia Tubman 

Kadia Tubman is a Master of Science student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, focusing on broadcast and narrative writing. She graduated from Babson College in 2013, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in business, and literary and visual arts. While working in global marketing and communications at Nielsen, she envisioned one day developing a print and digital media platform to elevate conversations around culture, politics, and business. Kadia aspires to become an editor and broadcast journalist. Follow her on Twitter.

On Assignment’s music is by Dylan Nowik. Our artwork is by Tiara Kawser.