Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Performance Over Appearance: To report the story about a Muslim woman challenging traditional views of the Koran, correspondent David Montero attended a workshop for about 50 women and their children in Jakarta, Indonesia.

His plan was to make himself as unobtrusive as possible, slip into the back of the room, and observe. But he was noticed.

"As soon as I sat down, the woman to my right very warmly introduced herself in English and asked where I was from," says David. "When I said the US, she got very excited and said she'd lived in Pittsburgh for many years.

"She'd worked delivering newspapers, and made a point of saying why she'd enjoyed the US so much: Her boss never seemed to care that she was Muslim and wore a hijab. 'I was his best employee, and he never cared what I looked like - just that I did a good job.' "

* What US Election? …

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