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Danny Fenster, a Columbia alum and award-winning journalist, received an honorary degree from the college and gives a speech offering advice and congratulating the graduating class of 2022 at Roosevelt Universitys Auditorium Theatre.

Danny Fenster encourages Columbia graduates to ‘make art your sustenance before your income’

By Anna Busalacchi , Co-Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2022

When Danny Fenster was studying journalism at Columbia more than a decade ago, he recalled reading three newspapers a day in the orange hallway on the second floor of the 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive building....

Danny Fenster talks imprisonment, press freedom and his formative time at Columbia

Danny Fenster talks imprisonment, press freedom and his formative time at Columbia

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor April 4, 2022

Award-winning journalist and Columbia alum Danny Fenster captured international attention and concern from people in the campus community when he was imprisoned in Myanmar while working as the...

(Artists from left to right) Mika Ren Malone (courtesy), Sedona Steffens and Ryan Brumback

Looking back: Danny Fenster’s imprisonment and the persistence that got him home

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor December 6, 2021

When Bryan Fenster heard about his brother’s detainment by military force in Yangon, Myanmar, he said he took two quick breaths of panic and then went into fight mode, doing everything he could for...

Courtesy of Myanmar Military True News Information Team via AP

BREAKING: Danny Fenster released from Myanmar prison, Columbia community reacts

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor November 15, 2021

U.S. journalist and 2009 journalism alum Danny Fenster was released from a Myanmar prison on Monday, just a few days after receiving an 11-year sentence for various charges related to his work...

Photo courtesy of the Fenster family via AP.

Journalism alum Danny Fenster sentenced to 11 years in Myanmar prison

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor November 12, 2021

A 2009 Columbia alum and journalist detained in Myanmar since May was sentenced to 11 years with hard labor in Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, Nov. 12 by the Myanmar military regime,...

Incredible perseverance: Danny Fenster detained for over 140 days

‘Incredible perseverance’: Danny Fenster detained for over 140 days

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

Danny Fenster’s last court hearing was on Oct. 4 — information unknown to the Fenster family until a day later — a pattern throughout his hearings. This was Fenster's ninth hearing since his...

Family leads press conference to raise awareness of Danny Fensters 100th day of imprisonment in Myanmar

Family leads press conference to raise awareness of Danny Fenster’s 100th day of imprisonment in Myanmar

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor August 31, 2021

Friends and family of Danny Fenster, about 40 domestic and international news outlets, and state representatives marked the journalist's 100th day imprisoned in Insein Prison in Myanmar with no formal...

Courtesy of Byron Fenster

‘We don’t want this story to fade away’: Danny Fenster has COVID-19 amid virus surge in Myanmar

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor July 22, 2021

The Fenster family and Juliana Silva, the wife of Danny Fenster, said they spoke to Danny for about 15 to 20 minutes through a landline phone from Insein Prison to a phone at the U.S. Embassy in Yangon. During...

Columbia community shows support for Danny Fenster, Myanmar court rules to extend detention

Columbia community shows support for Danny Fenster, Myanmar court rules to extend detention

By Anna Busalacchi, Co-Managing Editor June 25, 2021

Danny Fenster's detention in a Myanmar prison was extended for another two weeks following a court hearing. Fenster faces a charge that criminalizes “any attempt to cause fear, spread false news,...

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

By Grant Peck, AP News June 22, 2021

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar extended the detention of American journalist Danny Fenster for another two weeks Thursday, while the U.S. State Department urged that it be granted consular access...

Columbias 2022 honorary degree recipients to be awarded for bravery and community leadership

Columbia’s 2022 honorary degree recipients to be awarded for bravery and community leadership

By Anna Busalacchi, Managing Editor May 9, 2022

Columbia announced award-winning journalist and 2009 alum Danny Fenster and LGBTQ+ community leader Modesto Tico Valle as the recipients for honorary degrees from the college for the impact they have...

Editors Note: Ill say goodbye to the newsroom, but not the people

Editor’s Note: I’ll say goodbye to the newsroom, but not the people

By Camryn Cutinello, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2022

In reading and editing goodbye columns from past staff members, I often see a similar line: “I never thought I’d be saying goodbye.” In the last year and a half working at the Chronicle,...

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