Stories from Joyce Hackel

Joyce Hackel spends much of her day tracking down the right person to tell the nuanced stories that help explain the world today.  
Joyce started out writing deadline copy from a DC sweatshop called States News Service in the mid-80s.  After reporting one story too many about Congressional dysfunction (it was bad even then) , she ditched the Capitol Hill press pass and bought a one-way ticket to El Salvador. There she wrote for The Christian Science Monitor and filed freelance radio pieces from a closet lined with egg cartons.  (She also met a British guy she’d eventually marry, but that’s another story…) Eventually she became a staff correspondent for Monitor Radio and was dispatched to Africa for four years.  She filed from more than a dozen African countries, reporting on clan warfare in Somalia,  genocide in Rwanda, and Nelson Mandela's landmark election.  She won a few awards for her Africa radio pieces, and in 1996 headed to the University of Michigan as a journalism fellow.   Since then,  Joyce has worked as a Senior Editor at Living on Earth, and has edited WBUR’s Morning Edition. Some day she and her journalist hubby vow they'll get back on the road.

Recent Stories

Conflict & Justice

Icelanders say they want to house Syrian refugees — but in Greece the government and residents are overwhelmed

Iceland's government says it's willing to accept 50 Syrian refugees during the next two years. But a Facebook event page has been created to challenge that policy and more than 10,000 Icelanders on the page have offered to take in Syrians on the run. Meanwhile, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving on the island is leaving government officials and residents overwhelmed.