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Meet WSJ’s Black Moscow Bureau Chief 

Meet WSJ’s Black Moscow Bureau Chief 

#TBT to last month’s WSJ coverage of the Trump-Putin summit. Anyone else notice Ann M. Simmons’ byline? Simmons is the Moscow Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal -- a rarity for a Black woman or any journalist of color. Simmons has spent more than 25 years reporting from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. She is a longtime student of Russia and served in Moscow for Time Magazine before joining the LA Times and moving to Africa to work as Bureau Chief in Nairobi and Johannesburg. She has also reported from Bosnia, Iraq, and Haiti. She returned to Russia on a reporting fellowship in 2014. A Brit, Simmons holds a double honors bachelor’s degree in Russian and Norwegian from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and a Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School Journalism. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2003. Her July 16th article, “Trump and Putin Pledge Cooperation on Global Affairs, But Offer Few Details,” highlighted the summit’s non-confrontational atmosphere and described the historic meeting as a victory for Russia’s leader. H/T to Journal-isms' Richard Prince for pointing out the byline. More about Simmons here.

Times Up -- Film Critics Should Be More Diverse

Times Up -- Film Critics Should Be More Diverse

CalExit Organizers Campaign to Create 'Native American Nation'

CalExit Organizers Campaign to Create 'Native American Nation'