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Columbia The New Americans: Homelands and Diasporas

Karla Bruning

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After performing as an actor, singer and model in New York City, Karla Bruning became a Researcher and Reporter at Newsweek. She contributed to cover stories for the International Edition and occasionally sat in as Head Researcher and Editor of the Periscope section. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Gazette in Montreal, the Orlando Sentinel and a dozen other publications in North America and online. In 2006, she traveled to Germany on a Fulbright scholarship for young American journalists, and she is currently an M.S. candidate at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Karla graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College. As a Religion major, she earned the honor of High Distinction and won a college prize for her honors thesis about contemporary American mysticism. At News21, Karla created One in a Million: Hispanic Clergy in the Catholic Church, an in depth look at the national shortage of Latino priests amidst a booming Hispanic population, and Peace Like a River, a personal reflection. Her other News21 stories include On Tour With the Hugging Saint, Under the Bodhi Tree, The Stars of India, and Breathing Corpses: A Hatha Yoga Ritual. She also contributed audio recording to Nigerian Catholics Take Root in America and Our Journey.

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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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