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Touring the old city graveyard in Kolkata.

Touring the old city graveyard in Kolkata.

After two years of travel writing and ridiculous perks, I got into current affairs by blogging my way across America in 2008, covering the U.S. election for New Matilda. After a brutal winter in New York, I returned to Australia in 2009 and became a producer for ABC radio programs AM, PM and The World Today. In 2011, I spent all my waking hours covering the Arab uprisings and, with the help of my colleague Connie Agius and hundreds of Arab contacts, produced more than 200 original stories from my desk in Sydney. In December 2011, I was sent to the Middle East as a correspondent for The Global Mail, and spent the first 8 months living through complicated times and tear gas in Cairo, and the next 6 with cleaner air and power cuts in Beirut. My husband David and I also adopted two Egyptian street cats, Search Engine and Kitty Ponting.

Email me at jessicahelenhill@gmail.com or say hello on Twitter: @jessradio