- Trip: Religion Fellows 2013
- Affiliation: Freelance
- Country: Germany
- Year: 2013
Liana Aghajanian is a freelance journalist based in southern California. She spent the last year and a half traveling through the South Caucasus, Italy, East Africa as well as the United Kingdom where she filed stories on social and environmental issues for local and international publications. In 2012, Aghajanian was selected as one of the Metlife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America and New America Media to study the intersection between medical marijuana and elders in assisted living facilities. Her reporting has appeared in Foreign Policy, BBC, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, EurasiaNet, The Atlantic.com, Mental Floss, Flaunt, Roads & Kingdoms, Hi-Fructose, New America Media, Bitch, Paste magazine, Global Voices Ararat Magazine, Edible Los Angeles, Inc. magazine and Spot.us, a non-profit project for the “Center for Media Change,” funded by the Knight Foundation. She authors “Intersections,” a column for L.A. Times Community News with subjects ranging from the immigrant experience to the impacts of heroin abuse and edits Ianyan Magazine, an independent online publication about the South Caucasus and occasionally greater Middle East. Previously, she worked as an editor, collaborating with publications such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today and Hearst to produce feature pieces for online and print mediums. She holds a B.A. in journalism from California State University, Northridge.
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