Stories from Carol Hills
Senior Producer, Reporter, and Global Cartoons Editor
Carol Hills was part of the original team that created and launched "PRI's The World" in 1996. Currently she is a producer and occasional reporter who proudly calls herself a generalist. Carol is interested in everything from US policy options in Afghanistan to the rise in pet ownership in the Middle East. She also has an interest in global humor (yes, sometimes it actually does translate) and produces a weekly narrated slideshow of political cartoons from around the globe. She is loquacious about language too and each month prattles on with colleague Patrick Cox in his podcast, "The World in Words."
Over the years, Carol has reported from Cuba, Nigeria, and Vietnam. She was a Knight Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2001-2001 and has a masters degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Carol got her journalistic start in Boston on "The Ten O’Clock News" with Christopher Lydon.
Science, Tech & Environment
It took two years to find the flight data and cockpit voice recorders for an Air France jet that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. In that tragedy, the crash site was found within two days of the accident. With Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search may be much harder.
Arts, Culture & Media
Antonin Baudry was hired as a speechwriter for the French foreign minister in 2002, just months after 9/11. And the experience inspired him to write a graphic novel, which has just become the film, "The French Minister."
Conflict & Justice
Many of the Central African Republic's Muslims have either fled to neighboring countries or been the victims of ethnic cleansing by extremist Christian militias. But a Catholic priest is protecting about a thousand Muslims at his church, with peacekeepers at the gate and militiamen just beyond.
The self-declared prime minister of Crime is a wrestler, once sold umbrellas and cigarettes, and is accused of having worked for the mafia. In the last month, he organized a pro-Russian paramilitary force that quickly took charge when Russian forces intervened in Crimea.
Angela Merkel is a pivotal figure as the European Union attempts to defuse the crisis in Crimea and get Vladimir Putin to back down. The German Chancellor grew up in former Communist East Germany and her country is Russia's most important trading partner. But first, Europe needs a plan.