Stories from Matthew Bell

Reporter
I'm spending a lot of time these days reporting on religion, based here in the newsroom in Boston. I still pay attention to events in the Middle East and Asia, especially China. But the religion beat has kept me most busy.  
 
By way of background, I studied comparative religion and Chinese history at the University of Vermont. That led me to Mandarin language classes and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and then to KQED Radio in San Francisco. From there, I started freelancing for The World and joined the team full-time here in Boston in late 2001.
 
I've been blessed to be able to cover a huge range of stories for The World. But some of the most memorable ones involved taking a trip on a Louisiana shrimping boat in the Gulf of Mexico, covering events in Egypt during the so-called Arab Spring, and meeting North Korean refugees in Seoul, South Korea. I've reported on foreign policy in US presidential politics, the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and housing demolitions in Shanghai. I'd rather be playing drums for The Roots, but that position is filled quite competently for the time being. So, I'm sticking with radio.
 
 

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Conflict & Justice

Mexican journalists lose a 'formidable advocate' with death of Mike O'Connor

Mike O'Connor grew up on the US-Mexican border. After spending a career as a reporter in numerous conflict zones, O'Connor joined the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2009 and moved to Mexico City to work as advocate for press freedom. O'Connor died of a heart attack this week. Host Marco Werman speaks with the CPJ's Carlos Lauria about O'Connor's legacy.