Washington Post reporter Athelia Knight was one of 19 journalists selected for the 1985-86 class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. The fellows, who included six journalists from other countries, receive one year of study in any part of the university.

Also selected were:

Micha Bar-Am, a photojournalist with The New York Times and correspondent for Magnum; Harry Bissinger III, a reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer; Madeleine Blais, a staff writer with Tropic magazine, the Miami Herald; Lynn Emmerman, a reporter with the Chicago Tribune; I. Roberto Eisenmann Jr., president of Corporacion la Prensa, Republic of Panama.

Mark Ethridge III, managing editor of The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer; Carmen Fields, a reporter at WNEV-TV in Boston; Mary Lou Finlay, television host at Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in Toronto; Gustavo Gorriti, executive news editor of Caretas magazine in Lima, Peru; Nadarajah Kanagaratnam, editor of The Star in Selangor, Malaysia; Geneva Overholser, deputy editorial page editor of the Des Moines Register.

Laura Parker, reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Barry Shlachter, East Africa correspondent for the Associated Press; Frank Sotomayor, an editor of the Los Angeles Times; Richard Steyn, editor of Natal Witness of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; David Sylvester, a writer for the San Jose Mercury-News; Stanley Tiner, editor of the Shreveport (La.) Journal; Yvonne Van Der Heijden, an editor at the Eindhovens Dagblad in Zuid, Holland.