Eva Tesfaye

NPR Kroc Fellow with the Gulf States Newsroom



Eva Tesfaye is a 2020 Kroc Fellow. She has spent the year rotating through different parts of NPR and, for the final part of her fellowship, she is reporting for the Gulf States Newsroom, based at WBHM.

She joined NPR after graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in English and a minor in French and Francophone studies, where her studies focused on African literature and the history of French colonization. She also spent a year in Paris taking literature courses at the Sorbonne. During her time at Columbia, she reported for her campus radio station, WKCR.
She grew up moving around Africa and has lived in Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, and Kenya.

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