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.
Conflict & Justice
Correspondent Daniel Estrin often files stories for us on the violent outbreaks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. But when he returned home to visit his family in St. Louis, he found himself watching all-too-familiar scenes play out just minutes from his home.
Iran and the West couldn't reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program, but they did agree to continue talks on a nuclear deal for seven more months. While it's not what policymakers hoped for, John Kerry and other leaders still seemed positive that a deal is in the making.
It's been two months since 43 students went missing in Mexico, and demonstrators are still in the streets demanding accountability. But the protesters are also angry over Mexico's "national chaos," and are demonstrating for both answers and change.
The immigrant parents of actress Diane Guerrero were deported to Colombia in 2000, where they still live. Guerrero was only 14 at the time, and struggled to fend for herself alone in the United States.
Conflict & Justice
Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was kidnapped by FARC, a Colombian guerilla group, after an unexplained, unarmed visit to a rural village. No one knows why he made the ill-informed decision, but the abduction may have ended efforts by FARC and the government to end their 50-year-old war.