Summer and Fall

RIAS Germany Program – Summer
June 11–26, 2005

Thirteen American journalists in Germany: Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, and Dresden.
Individual extension program for five participants.


Brandy Aguilar, KTVK, Phoenix, AZ

My time in Europe was not only a wonderful experience, but one of great adventure. While it was only two weeks, the RIAS program gave me the opportunity to understand what the people of Germany, young and old, are facing in today’s society.

It wasn’t too long ago that Berlin was something I read about in history books. The chance to see where the Wall once split the East and the West was an eye opener. The pictures you see just don’t do it justice. While the Wall may have come down 15 years ago, the people in both the East and the West are still trying to unify. This was evident in what we saw during our program.

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RIAS Germany Program – Fall
September 17 – October 2, 2005

Twelve American journalists in Germany: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt/Main, and Leipzig.
Individual extension program for four participants.


Parke Brewer, Voice of America, Washington, D.C.

It was hard to believe that in all my travels of more than 20 years covering international sports for Voice of America that the only time I had set foot in Germany was passing through the Frankfurt Airport en route to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Since I have some German heritage, it was always a place I wanted to visit. And when I first heard about the RIAS Berlin journalist exchange program six years ago from a VOA colleague of mine who had participated and highly recommended it, I had vowed to myself that I would apply to the program at some time in the near future. I didn’t think it would take so long, but the timing just never seemed to work out.

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