Joyce Hackel

Joyce Hackel

Producer
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.


Recent Stories

Development & Education

A novice humanitarian aid worker confronts mayhem in the field

Imagine you're 27 years old, and assigned to one of your first humanitarian aid missions. You land in Darfur and find yourself in charge of a camp of some 24,000 desperate Sudanese, many fleeing violence and literally knocking down the doors of your home base. That's just the opener in Jessica Alexander's new memoir: Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.

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