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imageEmilia Askari just finished a two-year master's program at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she studied human-computer interaction, social computing and "serious" games. During her last spring break, Askari spent a week helping web archivists at the Library of Congress tweak their strategy for saving news web sites before their content is lost to history. During the past school year, she has co-directed a project called The Living Textbook. With grant support from the Ford and McCormick foundations, the project is helping a group of Arab American middle school students learn about fact-based digital communication.

Before all that, Askari was a reporter at the Detroit Free Press, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The Miami Herald for about two decades. Over the years, she has won more than 20 prizes and fellowships, the most recent in 2010 from the Radio and Television Digital News Association. For 10 years, she has taught environmental journalism as a lecturer at the University of Michigan. Askari has a bachelor's degree in economics and creative writing from Brown University and a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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