INQUIRER Editor Returns From Study Tour…Boss Commends U.S. Gov’t; Urges Local Journalists

INQUIRER Editor, Melissa Chea-Annan has returned to the country following the completion of a year-long study in Advanced Communication and Leadership in the United States of America.

Journalist Chea-Annan, who is also Vice President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), was awarded a certificate under the signatures of U.S. President, Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry as part of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program in recognition of her successful completion of a one-year program of Graduate Study and Professional Development at the University of Maryland in College Park.

During her pre-academic program, Journalist Chea-Annan was Awarded for the best presentation at the University of California after speaking on the theme “The Power of The Media: Going Beyond Political Reporting”, at the Global Leadership Forum, which brought together hundreds of residents and students from Davis and the University.

Journalist Chea-Annan who was also commended by the coordinator of the Humphrey Program at the University of Maryland, Lucinda Fleeson for her outstanding performance, spoke on behalf of the class during the closing ceremony.

In her statement, she commended the United States Government, through the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and the Institute of International Education for affording her the opportunity to advance herself professionally. She assured them that her skills and knowledge acquired will be shared with her colleagues upon her return to the country.

In the final phase of the program, Journalist Chea-Annan also worked with the Philadelphia Inquirer in Pennsylvania, where she contributed by writing several articles about the U.S.A. and the Liberian media. During her stay at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Journalist Chea-Annan shared her experience with her U.S. counterparts, who were also excited to know about the media in Liberia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bill Marrow expressed satisfaction for the level of work carried out by her and described her stories as ‘adding flavor’ to the numerous publications. “Your presence made our institution more colorful and your articles added flavor to our publication. Please have a safe trip back home and call on us whenever you need any assistance,” he added.

In a related development, The INQUIRER Managing Editor, Philip N. Wesseh commended the U.S. Government for accepting Journalist Chea-Annan into their program and for affording her the opportunity to advance herself professionally.

Mr. Wesseh commended Journalist Chea-Annan for taking the initiative to strive for higher knowledge in advancing herself professionally. He expressed hope that she would share her knowledge acquired from the U.S.A., a country that is rich in terms of media development, with her colleagues to uplift the profession in Liberia.

Mr. Wesseh also urged the staff and others to always make efforts in their pursuit for higher education. “The media is advancing and it is good that other journalists strive to be on par with their international counterparts. The more education you acquire the stronger the institution would be,” Mr. Wesseh admonished.