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
In a town in Syria, two young boys were exploring outside when they found an electronic device. That device turned out to be an explosive, and they were badly wounded. Fortunately, they were quickly brought to a hospital in neighboring Jordan. But despite their dire circumstances, the two managed to persevere — while their friendship grew stronger than ever.
If Washington can bury the hatchet with Havana after more than a half century, why can't it do the same with Tehran? That's the question that many Iranians are now asking.
"There's a palpable excitement here," says author Peter Kornbluh from Havana, as word broke of US-Cuban talks to normalize relations. "This is a new dawn ... and I think everybody here has realized that almost immediately."
Conflict & Justice
Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday morning. More than a hundred children died, but one girl made it out alive.
Health & Medicine
Public concern about the spread of Ebola in Liberia seems to be waning, even though about 10 new cases continue to be reported in the capital Monrovia every day. Now the possibility of Senate elections there next week has health officials especially worried.