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Columbia The New Americans: Homelands and Diasporas

Brett Elliott

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Brett Elliott was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated UCLA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and earned a postgraduate diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He stayed in Los Angeles, working in classical theater as an actor, director and fight choreographer, and doing voice-overs for radio and television. Yearning for a change of pace, Brett decided to take his storytelling skills to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. At Columbia, he was awarded a Parrish scholarship and graduated with honors, earning distinctions in Reporting and Writing and in News Broadcasting. To date, his areas of focus in religion reporting have been Shi’a Islam in America and interfaith relations. His half-hour radio documentary, Planting Churches in the Fields of New York, is scheduled to air this summer on WFUV in New York, where he works as a freelance newscaster.

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Over six months, members of the Columbia News21 team traveled 525,000 miles across the United States, Canada, India and Iran in search of a better understanding of minority religions and the immigrants who practice them.

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