Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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The Human Spirit: Risks of reporting
By Barbara Sofer
Threatened in the kitchen of a militia family in Idaho, stoned by a group of
in a Beduin village, held at gunpoint in Nigeria – for me, these were among the
more frightening moments in my reporting career. And I’m not a war
correspondent, only a writer fascinated by personal stories that ultimately
illustrate the larger picture.
Ask just about any journalist, and you’ll hear true adventures about dangerous
gigs and near misses, particularly here in the Middle East, where the frontier is
never far. Gutsy journalists, photographers and fixers routinely take risks to get
their stories. Even if you’re one of those folks who is always raging against the
media, imagine a world where journalists weren’t willing to be embedded in
conflicts or behind enemy lines.
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