Scripps National Spelling Bee co-winners, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe, have been sharing the limelight since May. Monday, that included meeting President Barack Obama.
Scripps National Spelling Bee co-winners, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe, have been sharing the limelight since May. Monday, that included meeting President Barack Obama.
At the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, everything is an experiment – even the parking lot.
Animal keeper Matt Neff called Alex like he would call a dog. “Hey, Alex, C’mere! Come on, bud!” Neff said.
 
 
 

Eddie Ameh - Spring 2013

As I grew up, I saw my dad practice journalism, and that is how my dream to become a journalist started. I have always wanted to be a journalist and a very good one at that. For me and my family, it was therefore not a surprise when, as a 6-year-old growing up, I was in charge of keeping all the family’s newspapers in the house.

As a high school student, my articles flooded national newspapers especially the column for students, while I won one writing competition or another. I was also a part of a television talk show for students in high school.

At the Ghana Institute of Journalism I earned a diploma, comparable to an associate’s degree in the U.S., and completed a bachelor’s degree in December. I have been involved in the school’s newspaper, the Communicator as a columnist, and the school’s television, called GIJ TV. It is always a nice experience.

I was an intern at the state broadcaster Ghana Television in Accra, where I met a lot of Ghana’s most celebrated and experienced broadcast journalists. I could not have had a better launch pad into a career I am so crazy about than an international internship such as the Semester in Washington Program.

This will certainly be an experience of a lifetime. For me, it will be how I tell and write stories from Capitol Hill, the White House and the Supreme Court and relate events there from the African perspective to Africa and the world at large. Let’s see how it goes.

Korean War chaplain awarded Medal of Honor 60 years after war ends

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama on Thursday presents the Medal of Honor to honor Father Emil Kapaun. Obama presented the medal to Ray Kapaun, a nephew of the Catholic Priest. SHWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama on Thursday presents the Medal of Honor to honor Father Emil Kapaun. Obama presented the medal to Ray Kapaun, a nephew of the Catholic Priest. SHWire photo by Eddie Ameh

WASHINGTON - Sixty years after the end of the Korea War, Father Emil J. Kapaun, a chaplain with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry was honored with a posthumous Medal of Honor at the White House on Thursday.

Four African leaders say democracy is bedrock for development

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Jose Pereira Neves, prime minister of Cape Verde, left; Ernest Bai Koromah, president of Sierra Leone; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; and Macky Sal, president of Senegal, say the future of Africa is building strong institutions of democracy. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: Jose Pereira Neves, prime minister of Cape Verde, left; Ernest Bai Koromah, president of Sierra Leone; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; and Macky Sal, president of Senegal, say the future of Africa is building strong institutions of democracy. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON - Four African leaders said last week that the only way Africa can attain development is through strengthening of democracy.

Visitors watch as elephants enjoy new home at National Zoo

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Debbie Flinkman, elephant keeper at the National Zoo, says Wednesday says she loves her job, but it can be stressful working with animals. She is feeding Shanti and explaining her work to zoo visitors. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: Debbie Flinkman, elephant keeper at the National Zoo, says Wednesday says she loves her job, but it can be stressful working with animals. She is feeding Shanti and explaining her work to zoo visitors. SHFWire photo by Eddie Ameh

WASHINGTON - The three elephants at the National Zoo on Wednesday gave visitors a lot to watch and the impression that they are very happy with their new home.

Obama honors Galaxy and the Kings for championship seasons

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama receives a soccer ball and jersey from L.A. Galaxy star player Landon Donovan while Coach Bruce Arena looks on. The president honored the Galaxy for winning the MLS championship and the L.A. Kings for winning NHL championship. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama receives a soccer ball and jersey from L.A. Galaxy star player Landon Donovan while Coach Bruce Arena looks on. The president honored the Galaxy for winning the MLS championship and the L.A. Kings for winning NHL championship. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday honored Major League Soccer winners the L.A. Galaxy and Stanley Cup winners the L.A. Kings at the White House.

Ghanaians in U.S. call for fairness in election dispute at home

Click on photo to enlarge or download: A group of Ghanaian demonstrators on Friday asks the Supreme Court of Ghana to be fair in dealing with the electoral petition brought before it. They were protesting in front of the White House. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: A group of Ghanaian demonstrators on Friday asks the Supreme Court of Ghana to be fair in dealing with the electoral petition brought before it. They were protesting in front of the White House. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON – A group of Ghanaians on Friday protested the results of Ghana’s election in front of the White House, calling on the Supreme Court to be firm in adjudicating a case disputing the presidential results sent to it by main opposition leader Nana Akuffo-Addo.

Obama signs bill to extend Violence Against Women Act

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama signs the Violence against Women law Thursday at the Department of Interior. Diane Millich, far left, spoke about being abused. Others at the ceremony include Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.,and other women’s rights advocates. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama signs the Violence against Women law Thursday at the Department of Interior. Diane Millich, far left, spoke about being abused. Others at the ceremony include Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.,and other women’s rights advocates. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON - She was abused for years by her ex-husband, but he was never prosecuted because the law would not allow American Indian tribal courts to prosecute a non-Indian.

Protesters call for common-sense gun laws

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Hal Ponder, 70, and Linda Finkel-Talvadkar, 61, protest every Monday at the White House for common sense gun laws. They said they will continue the protest until guns laws are passed. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: Hal Ponder, 70, and Linda Finkel-Talvadkar, 61, protest every Monday at the White House for common sense gun laws. They said they will continue the protest until guns laws are passed. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON – Their signs are homemade, and sometimes there are only a handful of them, but a group of Washington residents has been protesting outside the White House for months asking Congress to pass what they call common-sense gun laws.

Farmer braces himself for the effects of sequestration

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: John Carpenter a farmer from Moorhead, Miss., listens at the House Agriculture Committee hearing Tuesday. He is concerned that sequestration and the lack of a farm bill could have adverse effects on farmers’ budgets. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: John Carpenter a farmer from Moorhead, Miss., listens at the House Agriculture Committee hearing Tuesday. He is concerned that sequestration and the lack of a farm bill could have adverse effects on farmers’ budgets. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON - John Carpenter, a farmer from Moorhead, Miss., says cuts to credit, which could come as a result of Friday’s sequestration, could affect farmers.

Rosa Parks honored with statue at Capitol

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Following the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue on Wednesday, President Obama said she had taken her rightful place among U.S. history makers. Obama is flanked by Congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid D-Nev., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., in front of the Rosa Parks statue. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: Following the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue on Wednesday, President Obama said she had taken her rightful place among U.S. history makers. Obama is flanked by Congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid D-Nev., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., in front of the Rosa Parks statue. SHFWire photo by Eddie Ameh

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama unveiled a full-length statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, placing Parks among the top history makers in the annals of the U.S. civil rights movement.

U.S. car makers improve, but foreign cars dominate ‘best’ list

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports said Tuesday that U.S car makers are improving and sees a very bright future for American cars. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehClick on photo to enlarge or download: Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports said Tuesday that U.S car makers are improving and sees a very bright future for American cars. SHFWire photo by Eddie AmehWASHINGTON - Toyota’s Prius was ranked the top pick in the green category at the launch Tuesday of Consumer Reports’ best cars of 2013.

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