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Emily Wu Pearson

Immigration and Communities Reporter

I spend most of my time with immigrants and refugees who now call Atlanta home. Sometimes, that looks like tagging along with entrepreneurs and artists bringing their life experiences to the rich fabric of the city. Other times, that looks like sitting with people who are willing to share their difficult, sometimes traumatic journeys here and the chaotic systems they face as they try to acclimate. Telling these stories in Atlanta, the city with a deep, inextricable culture of civil rights and justice, is a privilege as I see an evolution of Atlanta into a home for newcomers to the country.

Prior to WABE, I spent my time at small newspapers and various nonprofit news organizations from the Ocala Star-Banner to Honolulu Civil Beat to NPR, including some time producing podcasts in Taipei, Taiwan. I grew up on public radio, and I have tried to work for organizations where news is free and accessible to anyone. I have been recognized for my reporting, including a regional Edward R. Murrow award for hard news.

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