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Carlene Hempel


Carlene Hempel has been a practicing journalist for more than 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 joined the faculty at Northeastern in 2002 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 to Jordan and Turkey with 19 student journalists and photographers to Jordan in 2012, and to Spain in 2014 and 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 also co-authored a children’s biography about French chef Julia Child, Who Was Julia Child, published in 2015.

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