How it all started

Our very first effort was a one-hour radio documentary first broadcast in May 2005, produced in partnership with journalists from New York City’s Haitian, Polish and South Asian media as well as WNYC, New York Public Radio and American Public Media.

The program, Feet in Two Worlds: Immigrants in a Global City, was hosted by Frank McCourt and featured a soundtrack produced by DJ Rekha. It aired on more than 80 public radio stations nationwide. [You can listen to the program here.]

The documentary won two prestigious awards from The Society of Professional Journalists: the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism and the New America Award, “for excellence in collaborative public service journalism during 2005 by ethnic and mainstream news media working together to explore and expose a subject of significance to ethnic or immigrant communities in the United States.”

Based on our initial success, we decided to make Feet in Two Worlds an ongoing project to bring the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists to public radio and the web. Over the years, dozens of journalists from a wide variety of ethnic media publications and immigrant communities across the U.S. have worked with FI2W as radio reporters, bloggers and participants in our live town hall events.

In 2007, we were again awarded the SPJ’s New America Award for a series on Polish immigrants produced by Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska of Nowy Dzienik/The Polish Daily News and WNYC.

In 2008, Martina Guzman received the award for best individual reporting from the Michigan AP Broadcasters Association for stories that aired on WDET in Detroit.

In 2008, we partnered with the New York Community Media Alliance to support ethnic media coverage of the presidential campaign. Our joint project, Immigrants, Immigration and the 2008 Election made it possible for journalists representing more than a dozen ethnic newspapers in New York City to cover the New Hampshire Primary and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and to bring their reporting to public radio audiences across the nation.

During the campaign the FI2W blog featured a multimedia series, La Ruta del Voto Latino/The Road to the Latino Vote, by our blog editor Diego Graglia.

Our coverage of Election Day 2008 included numerous public radio appearances by immigrant and ethnic media journalists and dozens of blog posts and podcasts on the Feet in Two Worlds blog from immigrant neighborhoods and battleground states around the U.S.

In 2009 we focused mainly on enforcement of immigration laws, the Obama administration’s immigration policies and the impact of the Great Recession on immigrant communities.