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. On Assignment Podcast comes to you from the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and the Columbia Journalism School, as well as our generous funder, The Jessie Ball duPont Fund.  

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. 

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

On Assignment Podcast comes to you from the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and the Columbia Journalism School, as well as our generous funder, The Jessie Ball duPont Fund.  


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Meet the team


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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Miriam Sitz, produceR 

Miriam Sitz is the web editor and a staff writer for Architectural Record magazine. She has worked in daily and alt-weekly news in her home state of Texas, and has freelanced for WNYC in New York. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. Follow her on Twitter.

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Millie Christie-Dervaux, Associate 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.

2016 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.


Meg Dalton duPont fellow

Meg Dalton

Meg Dalton is a Master of Science student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, focusing on audio storytelling. After graduating Tufts University in 2011, she worked in the startup and technology scene. She soon realized journalism was the path for her, and after a stint as a freelance designer, she became the associate editor at MediaShift.org, where she wrote about crowdfunding, virtual reality, podcasts and all things digital media. She also covered business in southwestern Connecticut as a reporter for the Greenwich Time. Follow her on Twitter

Kimberly Flores Guzmán 

Kimberly Flores Guzmán is a Master of Science student in the documentary program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and Latin American and Iberian cultures. During her undergraduate career, Kimberly was involved in the Columbia Spectator and WBAR as a senior staff photographer and a radio host, respectively. She also interned for Maxim Magazine where she worked as a photo researcher. Follow her on Twitter.


Valentina Caval

Valentina Caval is a Master of Science student in the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.  She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in May 2014.  During her undergraduate career, she interned for USA Today, worked as the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, and worked as a contributing writer and columnist for The Pocono Record, local Stroudsburg newspaper. After college, Caval spent two years working as the public relations manager at East Stroudsburg University. Valentina currently lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.