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

Conflict & Justice

Chinese student under pressure

The World's Matthew Bell reports on the case of a Chinese student at Duke University who has been criticized by other Chinese students there for allegedly taking part in a pro-Tibet demonstration on the campus

Conflict & Justice

Dalai Lama visits U.S.

The World's Matthew Bell reports on the Dalai Lama's visit to Seattle where the Tibetan spiritual leader is appearing at the University of Washington, and questions have been raised on whether he's able to speak freely while there.

Environment

Iran takes nuclear step

The World's Matthew Bell reports on Iran's announcement that it's begun to install thousands of new centrifuges at the country's main nuclear plan, a step taken in defiance of international calls to freeze its nuclear program.

Global Politics

Presidential candidates on Russia

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain each say they don't think much of the Bush administration's policy toward Russia, and all three say they'd take a harder line, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Global Politics

McCain report

The World's Matthew Bell reports on a speech today by Republican presidential candidate John McCain that outlined his foreign policy views; McCain spoke about the need for victory in Iraq

Basra's significance

The World's Matthew Bell reports on how the battle against militias in Basra could affect the U-S military effort throughout Iraq.

Conflict & Justice

Pressure on China

The World's Matthew Bell reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with the Dalai Lama in India today, and she called for an international investigation; it was the latest attempt to increase the pressure on China over Tibet.

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