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Ginanne Brownell

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Ginanne Brownell

Since beginning her journalism career over 25 years ago at CNN, Ginanne has covered stories in over 45 countries and on six continents. Her passion is writing stories about the extraordinary things, big and small, that people have entrusted her to share with the wider world.

Ginanne has worked on staff for CNN in Washington, D.C. and Newsweek's bureau in London.  She focuses her writing on the arts, culture, education and development. Her writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, CNN, Conde Nast Traveller, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Scientific American, Salon, Foreign Policy and Washington Post.

Some of the major stories she has covered over the years have included post-conflict politics and society in the Balkans, the global barriers in girls' education, the international contemporary art market and European social trends. She is also the co-founder of, a webzine focused on highlighting stories about women written by women.

She is in the process of completing a narrative non-fiction book, “Ghetto Classics: How a Youth Orchestra Changed a Nairobi Slum", that examines the role music can play in community development and education.

Born and raised in Michigan, she has a BA from Albion College (Michigan), an MSc in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and an MA in international journalism from London’s City University. She has also served as both president and vice-president of the Association of American Correspondents in London.

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