Today's featured journalist is none other than Jerome Socolovsky, a religion correspondent based in Washington, DC with Voice of America. A self-described former AP "scribbler" and NPR "mumbler," Socolovsky is also a familiar voice to U.S. audiences having reported for NPR from Madrid from 2002 to 2010. In Spain, he covered a wide range of topics including the legacy of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship, and the 2004 bombing of commuter trains in Madrid. With the AP, he was a reporter again based in Madrid, as well as Amsterdam and the Middle East. During this time, Socolovsky covered the international trials in The Hague and the Lockerbie proceedings and also reported from war zones in Bosnia and Yemen. As a result, he lived abroad for a total of 20 years and speak Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Hebrew as well as some German, French and Arabic!
He went into journalism, however, after studying engineering (as one does, right?) at the University of Pennsylvania. He also boasts a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and one in religious studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. When asked why exactly he went in news, however, he wryly responds, "Because I ask annoying questions."
Don't miss checking out his portfolio, which offers up so many examples of his excellent coverage of the religion beat -- such as "Reality of Mormon Life More Complex Than Romney Image" or "American Sikhs Reflect on a Tragedy." Just two samplings among many that we think you'll enjoy bookmarking for later reading!