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Emily Kopp Selected For Congressional Fellowship Program

Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio reporter Emily Kopp has been
selected to participate in the American Political Science Association
Congressional Fellowship Program. Founded in 1953, the APSA
Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation's oldest and most
prestigious congressional fellowship.

As a member of the 2007-2008 Class of Congressional Fellows,
Kopp will have the opportunity to gain a "hands on" understanding of
the legislative process by serving on a congressional staff. The goal
of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is to enhance public
understanding of policy-making and improve the quality of scholarship,
teaching and reporting on American national politics.

In her role as a reporter for GPB Radio, Kopp specializes in
Georgia politics and manages the state Capitol news bureau, where she
covers the General Assembly. Among the issues she has covered in the
past year are the battle over school funding between the state and
local school systems, Georgia's new immigration law and the financial
crisis and enrollment freeze in Georgia's health care program for

Among her many honors, Kopp was named 2006 Journalist of the Year in the category of Radio Reporting by the Atlanta Press Club.

Kopp was selected for the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program
as part of a nationwide competition. Candidates must first submit their
applications for a paper review before being invited before an outside
selection panel.

"I strive to produce stories that strike a nerve with our
listeners, and perhaps make them think differently about politics,"
says Kopp. 'When I retire decades from now, I hope that I can look back
on my work and believe that I have increased the public's understanding
of the political process and how it impacts their lives. The APSA
fellowship will serve as a critical stepping stone in my career path
because it will allow me to gain insights that will shape my reporting
and writing for decades."

In addition to her work for GPB Radio's newscasts, Kopp also regularly contributes to public radio programs including NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered,
as well as American Public Media's Marketplace.

"Emily's reporting skills and zeal for delivering information to
our listeners have greatly contributed to the caliber of GPB Radio news
operations," said GPB Executive Director Nancy Hall. "We wish her well
as she pursues this wonderful opportunity and look forward to her
future career pursuits."

For the latest news from GPB Radio, tune in to one of its 16
stations across the state or visit the Georgia Public Broadcasting web
site at and click on the
"Georgia News" icon. You'll find morning and afternoon news headlines,
as well as stories from GPB Radio reporters. You can also listen to a
daily GPB Radio news podcast.

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Listen to Georgia Public Broadcasting on these 16
stations: Albany - 91.7 FM, Athens - 91.7 FM, Augusta - 90.7 FM,
Brunswick - 88.9 FM, Carrollton - 90.7 FM, Columbus - 88.1 FM,
Dahlonega - 89.5 FM, Demorest - 88.3 FM, Fort Gaines - 90.9 FM, Macon -
89.7 FM, Savannah - 91.1 FM, Rome - 97.7 FM, St. Marys - 1190 AM,
Tifton - 91.1 FM, Valdosta - 91.7 FM, Waycross - 90.1 FM.



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