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Johns Hopkins Alumna Wins Journalism Awards for Reporting on Dowry Violence in India

Ms. Varsha Ramakrishnan, a 2013 MPH graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the first recipient of the Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center Global Health Reporting Fellowship, was recently honored with two prestigious journalism awards for her story on dowry violence against women in India. Her article “A Broken Promise: Dowry Violence in India”, published in “Johns Hopkins Public Health” magazine (fall 2013), garnered awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

The article won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for College Journalism, which honors reporting on human rights violations and analysis of efforts to foster positive global change. Ms. Ramakrishnan accepted her award from Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, during the May 22 RFK awards ceremony at the Newseum in Washington DC.

Ms. Ramakrishnan also won the national first-place Mark of Excellence Award from SPJ for her story, which was selected from 12 regional winners in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category. The Mark of Excellence award recognizes the best collegiate work published or broadcast in 2013.

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