|Contributor since:||January 2009|
Filmmaker Michael Moore may hate former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who may distrust Mohammed Fadlallah (the former spiritual head of Hezbollah) but all three can agree on one thing: They liked meeting journalist Jonathan Curiel. That’s me. I don’t fawn over people I interview, but I give them room to talk before formulating an opinion (or two). Beyond my journalism (a long reporting stint for the San Francisco Chronicle, plus freelancing for the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, and others), I’ve taught as a Fulbright Scholar at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan; and conducted research at England’s Oxford University, as a Reuters Foundation Fellow. I’m also the author of “Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots.” If journalists are what they cover, then I’m an omnivore – someone as interested in Picasso and Seinfeld as I am in Washington politics and foreign affairs.
Things That Really Happened
* Traveled to Timbuktu
* Lived in Pakistan
* Hung out in Iran for a month
* Ate three pints of Ben & Jerry's Heath-Bar-Crunch ice cream once a week for two months (as I wrote my book "Al' America")
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What I'm Currently Addicted To...
Haagen-Dazs' "dulche de leche caramel" ice cream
This Is Bringing Me Joy...
My beautiful son
This Is Helping Me Create...
"Africa Mix," an NPR affiliate program that showcases music from Africa
Can't Do Without
Laughter, sense of connection to strangers and loved ones
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