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The Pulitzer Center on International Crisis Reporting is generously providing grant funding for our work in Yemen this spring. All the stories we’ve produced since mid-January are indebted to them. (Thanks!)

Sana’a is the capital of Yemen, a nation on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. This blog will be a brilliant, heart-rending tour de force, relating incisive, Pulitzer-quality reportage and personal narrative so poetic it will bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened reader of Middle East-themed blogs.

Courtesy of Piotr Redlinski
Courtesy of Piotr Redlinski

Haley Sweetland Edwards – I moved to Sana’a with support from the Overseas Press Club, the Maggie and Gordan Gray Fellowship for International Reporting. Previously, I was a reporter at the Seattle Times and a senior editor at the now-defunct, but inimitable, Internationalist magazine. I graduated from Yale with a degree in philosophy and history, and from Columbia with an M.A. in politics and journalism.

paul Paul Stephens- I received a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 2009 and worked as a News21 fellow before moving to Yemen. Before journalism school I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia and a kindergarten teacher in Honduras. I got my B.A. from Wabash College.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. MMB permalink
    September 7, 2009 11:30 pm

    Dear Haley and Paul – What a window on the world you two will have — I can hardly wait for heart-rending reportage! Is that a lot like decoupage? Decolletage? No, no — I’m way off base here. Stay safe.

  2. Joe & Joan Stephens permalink
    September 8, 2009 7:02 pm

    Dear Paul and Haley:

    Can’t wait to read more. Bon voyage!

  3. Joe & Joan Stephens permalink
    September 9, 2009 2:21 am

    Wow! who are these wonderful,dynamite,open-minded and open-hearted reporters,they look like the next charismatic reporters,making our world more intimate and knowledgeable of each other cultures.Can’t wait for reports of this enigmatic place. Loved seeing you -Aunt Annie and Blaise and Buddy!

  4. Pamela Boyd permalink
    September 12, 2009 12:52 am

    Love the photo Haley. Bookmarked you so update often! Miss you xoxo

  5. September 24, 2009 2:22 am

    Blog bookmarked! Please post often!
    (And what’s with all the phallic symbols there?) πŸ™‚

  6. October 12, 2009 2:47 am

    Keep up the good work guys. I studied at the YLC, this summer, where I think you are now due to the JWL comment. Was happy to see the LA Times article, enjoy studying Arabic.

    , Frannie

  7. November 16, 2009 4:02 pm

    Hi guys,
    Love your blog and am hoping to follow in your footsteps. Will be studying in Cales in March and hopefully staying on after that. Would love to meet you when I’m there. Pop me an email if you like. πŸ™‚

  8. Paul Wood permalink
    January 5, 2010 5:36 pm

    Like blog — will be in Sana’a for a week or so if you have time to meet for a drink.

  9. January 12, 2010 5:33 pm

    Dear Haley and Paul,

    Thank you for good stories.
    I’ve never found blogs like this
    where I can read some interesting
    articles about Yemen.
    I hope Yemen gets int’l attentions for good reasons,
    not because of al-Qaeda and terrorism.
    Anyway, please be safe and out of trouble in Yemen.

    a Sanaa resident

  10. Sandy Bieler permalink
    March 11, 2010 4:04 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HALEY! I am a day late but I figure you’re on a different time zone and just as well another planet so you’re not keeping too close an eye on details like dates. Nevertheless, I am always thinking of you and wish you a joyous birthday. And thanks for the postcard. Can’t wait to meet Paul and see you safe back in these here u-nited states (where we have only to contend with troglodytes from Glennbeckistan. Oy vey.
    Love you, blondie!

  11. Joe permalink
    April 29, 2010 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday, Paul.

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