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Jess Engebretson is a journalist from Virginia. A former staff producer at BackStory, she has also written and reported for Deutsche Welle, PRI, KQED, and Guernica. In 2009, she was awarded a Watson Fellowship to explore the uses of radio in post-conflict settings around the world; she later spent several years teaching radio in Liberia and South Sudan. Jess currently lives in New York City, where she is pursuing a PhD in English literature at Columbia University.