Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* A PASSION FOR POLITICS: Reporter Nicole Itano was prompted to write today's story because she continues to come across indications that civic activism in Southern Africa is on the rise (page 7). For example, she first met Pastor Paul Mususu while doing a story on the food shortages in Zambia. They set off on a Saturday morning in Nicole's battered rental car, heading to a region where the crisis was most severe. Mususu, who was obviously tired and overworked, kept nodding off during the conversation, until the topic turned to former President Chiluba and the corruption allegations against him.

"Suddenly, Mususu was incredibly animated and is speech was quite fiery," says Nicole. "You could tell that fixing Zambia's political system was what he really cared about."

* HARD BEATS SOFT: The Monitor's Ilene Prusher had planned to drive from Jerusalem to the West Bank city of Nablus in her photographer's car. But when she met Alan Philps, a reporter for The Daily Telegraph of London at a gas station, she decided to change vehicles. …

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