Herald-Leader reporter wins Harvard fellowship

Lexington Herald-Leader staff writer Mary Meehan is one of 24 journalists selected as Nieman Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year, and she will study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., beginning in the fall. A program of Harvard's Nieman Foundation, the fellowship began in 1938 and has educated more that 1,400 professional journalists. According to a Nieman press release, "In addition to taking classes during their time at Harvard, fellows attend Nieman seminars, workshops and master classes and work closely with Harvard scholars and other leading thinkers in the Cambridge area."

During her time at Harvard, Meehan, who covers health care for the Herald-Leader, "will examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act and barriers to sustained health improvement among the previously uninsured," the release said.

The 2015-16 class of Nieman fellows includes journalists from The New York Times, NBC News, The Guardian and numerous other national and international publications.