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A London-based American journalist covering arts, culture, education and development stories for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio.

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New York Times: My Watches Were in a Fire, Now What?

LONDON — When the firefighters let us back into the house, I checked on our passports first. (They weren’t damaged.) My jewelry box was next — and wasn’t quite as lucky. About three hours earlier, the dimmer switch in the spare bedroom…
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New York Times: Pretty Yende Unmasks a Promising Opera Career

LONDON — It turns out, the hay bales caused it. Sitting in a cafe a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House in London, the opera singer Pretty Yende of South Africa whipped out her smartphone to show an Instagram photo of herself…
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New York Times: Why Salzburg is a Must Visit for Classical Music Lovers

SALZBURG, Austria — It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around…
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Teen Vogue: Promoting Education Through the Kakenya Center for Excellence

ENOOSAEN, KENYA: When Kakenya Ntaiya was 12 years old, her best friend of the same age got married. Kakenya knew that she — like most of the girls in her community in southwestern Kenya — faced the same future. She was already engaged to…

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