"Bachmanís stories for Newsday about the life of an average Bangladeshi farmer won the 1983 World Hunger Media Award, which was shared with Newsday writers and editors. Bachman spent 15 years writing editorials and news in the United States, Japan and other parts of Asia, winning awards for editorials about children's services and international affairs. She has won fellowships from Yale College, where she earned her undergraduate degree; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Gannett Fellowship at the University of Hawaii; and the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University. In 1995, she traveled to Bangladesh on a fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists, the largest U.S. professional society for journalists. She wrote a seven-part series of opinion articles for the San Jose Mercury News, where she was an editorial writer. The series won a Certificate of Excellence from the Overseas Press Association of America, and the first "journalist of the year" award from InterAction, the largest US consortium of non-profit agencies providing disaster relief abroad."