Rebecca Harshbarger is a 24-year-old reporter based in New York, who just returned from six months of reporting in Uganda. Her company, AfricaConnections, launched a news site for African immigrants, starting with Ugandans in the diaspora. The site will use diaspora services (wire transfers cheaper than Western Union & Money Gram, an online store with Ugandan products, sending gifts to relatives in Kampala using Paypal) to fund independent journalism in East Africa. The site, Ugandans Abroad, went live in early December.
Rebecca has a master’s in business reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a new media journalism school in Times Square. She has a degree in Africana studies and writing from Sarah Lawrence College, a small liberal arts college in Bronxville, New York. Her family is originally from California and Utah, and she was born in San Francisco.