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Columbia The New Americans: Homelands and Diasporas

MaryCatherine Brouder

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Mary Catherine Brouder graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2006 with a BA. She received her MS in May 2007 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she specialized in broadcast journalism and was part of a 3 person team that produced a 30 minute (Social justice award winning) documentary on immigration reform. While at Harvard she worked at the Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a reporter/correspondent for several publications including the Irish Emigrant, Boston Pilot and Irish America Magazine and was an arts editor at the Harvard Crimson. Mary Catherine also hosted a cable tv program for the Boston Neighborhood News in 2005/6. Former Senator John Edwards's new anthology, Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives includes a story about Mary Catherine and she is listed in the acknowledgments of Ron Fournier's book, Applebees America: How Successful Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community for her research work. Mary Catherine lives at home in the Bronx, where she grew up as the fifth of five siblings. She is also the bass guitarist for the musical group, "The Spirits of Gilbride" with whom she played at the White House, Disney, Yankee Stadium, etc., and toured Europe and the U.S. in 1999 - 2001. She is 21 years old.

This summer, she reported with James Angelos and Peter Cox on a series of stories about refugees changing the religious landscape of Utica, N.Y. and, a story about Mandaeans, an ancient religion endangered by the war in Iraq.

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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.