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Maya Shwayder

I once spilled my lunch on the shoes of the Israeli ambassador to the UN. That’s probably going to be the opening line of my obituary.

Born in:
Detroit, Michigan, USA (I don’t know Eminem).

Languages:
English, Italian, German, and on a good day Spanish and French.

Degrees/Journalistic experience:
BA in Psychology and Italian Language and Literature from Harvard University.
Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University.
Worked in New York as a freelancer, at Facebook, and as the United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post.
I once got fired from an internship for tweeting wrong. 
2013 ieiMedia Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
2014 Arthur F. Burns fellow in Berlin.
I also got fired from another internship for “looking bored.”
Point is, this is all far less glamorous than it sounds, I assure you.

With DW since:
2015, and it hasn’t been shut down yet!

Favorite quote:
"Hooray. He’s kicked the ball. Now the ball’s over there. That man has it now. That’s an interesting development. Maybe he’ll kick the ball. He has indeed, and apparently that deserves a round of applause.” – Moss, “IT Crowd,” Series 3, Episode 2, summing up all sports ever.

My personal hero:
J.K. Rowling.

What do I strive to be as a journalist?
Entertaining. Employed. Ideally alive and not arrested.

Celebrity Chrises, ranked:

  • Christopher Walken
  • Chris Evans
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Chris O’Dowd
  • Christopher Eccelston (underrated as the ninth Doctor, don’t @ me)
  • Chris Pine
  • Chris Pratt