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.
Women & Girls
El Salvador is one of just a handful of countries where abortion is banned in all circumstances. The ban is so draconian that even miscarriage is considered suspicious.
Author Jean Guerrero crisscrosses the Mexican-American border, as she struggles to understand her father’s diagnosis of schizophrenia and his fascination with mysticism and his Mexican roots.
Abdo Elfgeeh held on to hope that they would reunite though war split them apart. The Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday changed his mind.
The Casa Padre shelter for child migrants is the largest of its kind in the US. But the children still aren’t free to leave, and have a difficult time making their case, especially if they were separated from their parents.
According to UN statistics, about 40 percent of Iraq's population was born after the US invasion. Now, youth are investing in a new Baghdad.