Matthew Bell

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.
 
 

Recent Stories

Reaction to yesterday's Baghdad attack

U.S. officials say yesterday's bombing attack in a Baghdad market was the work of a "special group cell;� American officials have talked a lot about 'special groups' in recent months, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Global Politics

Obama foreign policy

As the now presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama took his turn speaking at the pro-Israel AIPAC conference today and he called for "aggressive, principled diplomacy" in dealing with the threat from Iran, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.

NATO's Afghan challenge

The outgoing US military commander for NATO forces in Afghanistan says the mission is "under-resourced,� and The World's Matthew Bell reports on why that is the case.

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