American journalist Kelly McEvers (pictured, right) and Saudi journalist Asma Alsharif teamed up to report on how Saudi-funded schools in both countries are adjusting curricula accused of inciting violence during and after 9-11. They worked on an ICFJ program aimed at building journalistic bridges between the United States and predominantly Muslim countries.
Over the summer, National Public Radio foreign correspondent and Lincoln native Kelly McEvers spent a week with Syrian rebel fighters in the northwestern part of the country, near the border with Turkey. McEvers learned that the rebels, operating under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army, are a whole spectrum of people: secularists, Islamists and mercenaries, all with the intent of bringing down President Bashar al-Assad's government.
Melissa Block has an exit interview with Kelly McEvers, who's ending a grueling years-long assignment in the Middle East that included coverage of Iraq, Syria and beyond. McEvers and her NPR colleague Deborah Amos, won four major awards in 2012 for coverage of the Syrian conflict.