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Miriam Pepper

Lebanon and Syria 2004
Kansas City Star
Lebanon and Syria

Miriam Pepper was named editorial page editor at the She was part of The Star's team coverage of the Hyatt Hotel skywalks collapse that won a public service Pulitzer Prize in 1982. She served as co-chair of the first newsroom diversity committee. She is a past president of the Greater Kansas City Press Club, a current board member of the Kansas City Press Club Foundation, a past board member of the Organization of News Ombudsmen, and a current board member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. She attended Brandeis University and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.She is married to an attorney and has two children, a son who is a musician in Lawrence, Ks. and a daughter who is a nurse in New York City.

Pepper was awarded a prior fellowship with IRP, reporting from Kenya in 2009.


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    Child in trash strewn Kibera slum. As urbanization grows across Africa, the continent's largest slum in Nairobi remains a humanitarian disgrace. A lack of government services leaves more than one million Kenyans...

  • Photo Gallery: Kibera’s 1-million slum dwellers need more than promises

    Miriam Pepper Kibera, Africa's largest slum of 1 million in Nairobi, Kenya, has grown over decades yet still lacks basic government services of clean running water and sanitation. Unemployment is vast, health services...


    DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad dismisses U.S. sanctions against his nation as uncalled for and unsupported by evidence. And he appears to be frighteningly well-equipped to offer the world...


    The images confound the stereotype of what a puppet state of Syria should look like. BEIRUT, Lebanon — Remnants of the 15-year civil war still litter Lebanon's capital. Bullet holes scar empty...

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