University Photography

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Carlene Hempel


Carlene Hempel has been a practicing journalist for 20 years. She began her reporting career at The Middlesex News (now The MetroWest Daily News) in Framingham, Mass. and then moved to North Carolina, where she worked for MSNBC in the NBC affiliate in Raleigh. She left to get her master’s degree in journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later worked as a technology and culture reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh. She moved back to Boston in 2002, when she joined the faculty at Northeastern and started to write for The Boston Globe. In the spring of 2009, Carlene took 25 students abroad to Egypt, Syria and Qatar for five weeks to work as international journalists. The program was a first for the School of Journalism, and the Web site she created garnered attention from both The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She returned in 2011 with 19 student journalists and photographers to Jordan and Turkey to do the same. She returned a third time in 2012 with 16 undergraduate and graduate students – this time just to Jordan. In 2014, she traveled with a team of student reporters to Spain, and will take another group back to Spain in 2015.

Carlene is married to Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for The Washington Post, a documentary filmmaker, and a TV host. Their family was featured in Edgers’ 2010 film Do It Again, which is about his two-year quest to reunite the British band The Kinks. She and Geoff have co-authored a children’s biography about Julia Child, due out in 2015.