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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 Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others


Jerusalem Post

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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