Shailesh Malode was selected for the FEJI-ATREE Fellowships 2015 under the radio/ television category. Shailesh Malode is ascience journalist and writer based Nashik in Maharashtra where he is currently Programme Head of All India Radio. He is very passionate about environmental issues and has written about 2600 articles and features on science, energy, biodiversity and environment in Marathi and English for various popular periodicals. Presenty he writes weekly column on Climate Change for the weekly Saptahik Sakaal which is published from Pune. He has produced many science radio documentaries and programmes for AIR Mumbai and also edited its daily environmental series Parisar for 13 consecutive years(1995-2007). He was awarded the CSE media fellowship twice in 2009 and 2013 for coastal concerns of India and the fragile ecosystems of India respectively. He was awarded the State Literary Award in 2010 by Government of Maharashtra for his first book which was written on Nanotechnology (2009). He wrote a book on Oceanography in 2012 and a book on the Monsoons in December 2014.He was selected for National Media Award in 2009 by National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, for his column on grassroots innovations in Loksatta (2008). He has interviewed many outstanding scientists and Noble Laureates for radio. He teaches a course on radio and science journalism in noted colleges of the University of Pune in Nashik. He has participated many national and international conferences and presented a few select papers on science communication.
Radheshyam Jadav has been selected for the FEJI-ATREE Fellowships for 2015 in the print media category. He is Assistant Editor with the Times of India in Pune, Maharashtra. Radheshyam has over 15 year experience in print and online media with a proven track record in reporting development, environment, politics, infrastructure, health, transport, urbanization, gender issues, agriculture, and urban and rural planning. He holds a Ph.D. in journalism and communication science and was a British Chevening research scholar at London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. He was visiting scholar at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as part of the Asia Journalism Fellowship 2013 programme. Radheshyam is recipient of over fifteen national and international scholarships and awards including prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.
Padmaparna Ghosh has been awarded the FEJI-ATREE Fellowship for 2015 in the web/online media category. Padmaparna is a New Delhi-based freelance journalist. She writes features across beats for publications such as Scroll.in, Yahoo, Mint-Lounge and Hindu Business Line-BLink, with a focus on environment and development. Previously, she worked for the Sunday Times of India, Mint, The Telegraph, India Today and Down To Earth. She also co-hosts the fortnightly science podcast The Intersection.
Pankaj Sekhsaria was awarded the FEJI-ATREE Fellowship for 2015 in the print media category. Pankaj Sekhsaria has been writing on issues of the environment and wildlife conservation for nearly 20 years. His research articles, reports and photo features have been published in a number of English publications that include Frontline, The Hindu, Hindu Business Line, The Times of India, New Indian Express, Down to Earth and Sanctuary Asia. He is a Fellow of the Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) programme and has been the recipient of the the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) Media fellowship in 2002, the National Foundation for India (NFI) Media Fellowship 2005-06 for writing on issues of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Media Fellowship 2008-09 for writing on human-wildlife conflict. He is the editor of the Protected Area Update, a newsletter on conservation in India and the South that is published by the environmental NGO, Kalpavriksh and is also author/editor of four books: Troubled Islands — writings on the environment and indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (LEAD India & Kalpavriksh, 2003); the Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier — Cultural and Biological Diversity in the Andaman Islands (UNESCO & Kalpavriksh, 2010); The State of Wildlife in Northeast India – 1996-2011: News and Information from the Protected Area Update (Foundation for Ecological Security, 2012) and The Last Wave – An island novel (HarperCollins India, 2014 also via Amazon and on Kindle). He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.