Fellows & Editors


Vanessa Gezari

Fellows Spring 2007
St. Petersburg Times

Vanessa Gezari is a Washington-based writer who covers national and international affairs with a focus on South Asia, West Africa and Afghanistan. Before moving to Washington, she was a national writer for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, traveling the Gulf Coast to document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and reporting on disaster, terrorism and human resilience from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Russia and the U.K. In 2007, she traveled to Liberia on an International Reporting Project fellowship to write about the rehabilitation of child soldiers. Previously, she lived in New Delhi and Kabul for nearly three years, covering Afghanistan on assignment for the Chicago Tribune from 2002-2003. Her stories have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Slate, and The Washington Post Magazine, to which she’s a regular contributor. She blogs on foreign affairs and much else for Double X, an online women’s magazine launched in 2009 by Slate. She has a B.A. in English from Yale.


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