A Former Refugee, Now a Fearless Champion for Women

Mae Azango, an investigative journalist, has exposed countless cases of corruption and human rights violations in Liberia during her 15 year career. Credit Courtesy of Mae Azango

This year’s winner of my annual win-a-trip contest, to take a student with me on a global reporting trip, is Aneri Pattani, a freshly minted graduate of Northeastern University — and a future star journalist! We traveled by Land Rover, (briefly) motorcycle and foot across Liberia, and here is Aneri’s first article from our trip. More posts are forthcoming, and Aneri is also interning for The Times’s Science section this summer, so look for her articles there as well. – Nicholas Kristof

Mae Azango does not regret a thing. Not exposing practices of female genital mutilation that had been shrouded in secrecy for centuries. Not revealing a sex trafficking scandal that pitted government agencies against her. Not even publishing articles that elicited death threats and forced her to go into hiding.

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Source: New York Times

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.