Senior editor, Across Women's Lives
Julia is a long-time public media editor and reporter. She started freelancing for PRI’s The World in 1999, and has reported from Russia, Ukraine and the US/Mexico border. Her work has appeared on Radiolab, NPR News, Marketplace, PRI's Studio 360, and the podcast 99% Invisible, among other shows.
Julia is in charge of editorial planning for Across Women’s Lives, PRI's special coverage of gender equity and the role of women in society. She commutes between the Boston newsroom of PRI's The World and Brooklyn, New York, where her two sons are finishing fifth and first grades.
Julia has been an editor for APM’s Weekend America and the podcast Life of the Law, as well as editorial coordinator for PRX's Radiotopia podcast network. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and got her start in radio as a board-op at WSUI in Iowa City, where she cut reel-to-reel tape with razor blades in the world before digital audio took over.
Amidst threats from Boko Haram, thousands of Nigerians will cast their votes for president on Saturday in what is widely seen as the country's closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. But that doesn't mean voters have great choices.
Development & Education
Twenty years ago, global leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the status of women worldwide. Today, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the former vice president of South Africa, now heads the UN agency tasked with tackling gender equality issues. She says, despite some progress, women still have a long way to go in the struggle for equality.
Arts, Culture & Media
The absurdity of Russia's lumbering mascot as an airport logo is irresistible. Stay weird, Khabarovsk.
Lifestyle & Belief
Even with car ownership on the rise in Russia, the country has been able to drastically cuts its traffic deaths. The designer of its road safety program stopped trying to scare Russians into safety, and now tries to make them proud to be safe drivers.
Health & Medicine
In Russia, pregnant women are often confined to stark maternity hospitals with little privacy, and where medical practices may be outdated. But the government has plans to make maternity care more modern.