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 the former senior editor for Across Women’s Lives, PRI's special coverage of gender equity and the role of women in society.
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.
Liberian academic and author Robtel Neajai Pailey says children, with their curiosity and strong sense of right and wrong, are the natural audience for a book about corruption. So she wrote one.
For 43 years, graphic novelists and comics artists have gathered in the French town of Angoulême to celebrate their burgeoning art and award prizes. But in all that time, only one woman has won the Grand Prix, a "lifetime achievement" award. After this year's list of 30 nominees contained no women at all, an uproar ensued.
New York has immigrants from around the world, including huge numbers who practice Islam. Many Muslim communities here faced heavy-handed law enforcement tactics after 9/11, but they've since worked hard to defuse tensions and improve relations with federal and local authorities. The rise of ISIS as some community advocates furious.
"Difret" means "to dare" or "courage" in the Amharic language of Ethiopia. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men on horseback to enforce a "traditional" marriage. She fought back, and then had to defend her life in court. Now, thanks to Angelina Jolie, the world will see her story.
Actress Ashley Judd has been speaking in New York around the United Nations General Assembly meeting, arguing that the health and rights of girls need to be part of the world's agenda. We caught up with her at the the UN's Population Fund, where she moderated a discussion of girl activists helping to set that agenda.