Meet 2020-2021 APSA Congressional Fellow Svetlana Shkolnikova, The Record News Reporter

Meet Svetlana Shkolnikova, The Record News Reporter

Svetlana Shkolnikova is a general assignment reporter for The Record newspaper in New Jersey and northjersey.com, where she covers courts, criminal justice and a wide range of local, state and national news. She covered the 2016 presidential inauguration and Women’s March in Washington D.C. for the USA Today Network and reported from Russia on an International Center for Journalists fellowship. She has written about women’s rights and gender equality, government and politics, international affairs, education, health, transportation, development, culture and sports.

Her work has appeared in USA Today, PassBlue, Moment magazine, Urbanite magazine and the Russian news agency TASS. She was born in Belarus, raised in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She completed additional training at Columbia University School of Journalism and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.


The American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health specialists, and other professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.