I’m in Jerusalem, working for the Associated Press.
Lately, I’ve mostly been busy covering the fallout from Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the criticism in Israel over a government plan to deport asylum seekers and the various corruption allegations surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I’ve also reported on the outrage over Poland’s efforts to silence mention of the their WWII-era crimes and on the continuing Trump-Netanyahu alliance. I covered the election of a new leader to Israel’s Labor Party, and secured one of the first foreign media interviews with him, and explored how a contested expansion plan highlighted the plight of the West Bank’s most crowded city. I also penned an op-ed about how the Israeli press has failed its citizens in covering recent major news stories.
On the sports side, I’ve covered the unlikely success of Team Israel at the World Baseball Classic and how Israel has responded to it being made up primarily of American Jewish players. I also covered a historic visit of 18 members of the pro Football Hall of Fame, and reported an exclusive on their response to the concussion epidemic in football.
My recent features have included the emotional meeting of a 102-year-old Holocaust survivor with a nephew he only recently learned about, how the protests of a fringe ultra-Orthodox group is trying to preserve a way of life that is rapidly changing and how attacking Israelis has become a way out for troubled Palestinians. I also wrote a story about the attacks on an Israeli whistleblower have touched a nerve and anchored a global roundup of how the “Weinstein Effect” has gone global. Previously, I took a look at how a lethal shooting of a Bedouin in the Negev desert has stoked anger among Israel’s Arab minority, how Israeli and Iranian musicians have banded together for a unique concert and how Israel has gone crazy for its homegrown Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. Finally, I covered how Israel is preparing for its next war with Hezbollah by training in a mock Lebanese village, wrote about how WWII veterans are outraged over the government not following through on a promise to erect a museum in their honor and told the extraordinary tale of how artwork stolen from Jews by the Nazis is finally returning to the heir of its original owner.
A look at a selection of the on-camera broadcast work I’ve done for the AP’s online video network and some of its clients can he found here: