Award winning investigative journalist Elias Mambo has been selected to cover the final stages going into the U.S. election. The tour, facilitated by the United States based Foreign Press Centers will enable Mambo, a senior reporter with the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper to cover the final stretch of the 2016 election, both in the election battlegrounds states, and on election day at the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ campaign headquarters as results come and the winner being determined.
Announcing Mambo’s selection through a letter, David McGuire, Counselor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy, said the journalist would “participate on the tour going to the election battleground state of Ohio which will conclude in New York City, where both presidential nominees have their campaign headquarters.” He said the program would run until the day after the election with briefings by academics and political commentators to discuss election results.
A published author, Mambo was recently selected to participate in the U.S. Embassy sponsored Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) Investigative Journalism Fellowship program. “I’m excited about this rare opportunity to practice journalism in the United States; I will be sharing my experiences in our titles as well as my twitter @elias_mambo ,” said Mambo.
The United States Department of State has Foreign Press Centers in Washington, D.C. and New York. The Foreign Press Centers support U.S. policies by helping foreign media cover the U.S. Their goal is to promote the depth, accuracy, and balance of foreign reporting from the U.S., by providing direct access to authoritative American information sources.-VMCZ