Mongolia



The summer after my freshman year, I traveled to Mongolia to work at the UB Post newspaper, the only independent English language paper in the country. It covers national issues and prints three times a week. Recently, Mongolia has experienced a great economic boom due to new mining operations in the Gobi. Its GDP has hit double-digit growth for the past few years, which has put a lot of strain on its traditionally nomadic culture and its relatively new democratic government. In a country where cows outnumber people 20 to 1, cranes and air pollution have flooded the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and modern conveniences have become popular on the steppes.

Interviewing the President of Mongolia about children's rights
a few days before his reelection. It's a pressing issue 
in Mongolia because of high alcoholism rates. 
I stayed there for five weeks with a host family in Ulaanbaatar. With no official program, I had to find my own translator for interviews and get my own sources for stories. I spread my coverage, doing commentary, news, and feature stories on issues like civil rights in the new democracy, the spread of basketball, and the opening of the first KFC in the country. At one point, I even got to interview the President of Mongolia in the Presidential Palace for a story on children's rights. See the links in the captions of the photos below for some of my best articles. A full portfolio is included at the bottom of this page.




Photos: See the links to the articles they accompany in the captions.
ULAANBAATAR--A partially sighted factory worker assembles the inner structure of a Mongolian traditional ger home, which the Factory for the Blind produces. While the situation is improving, the blind face a 97% unemployment rate, as they are highly stigmatized in Mongolian culture. See my feature on their struggle.
DARKHID VALLEY--Playing basketball with my friends from a nomadic family in the countryside, a couple hundred kilometers away from the capital city. Basketball has spread rapidly in Mongolia, as the sport feels the effects of globalization. See my coverage of the MNBA (Mongolian National Basketball Association) Finals here
ULAANBAATAR--The Mongolian Peoples Revolutionary Party's Presidential candidate, N.Udval, signing a UNICEF document on Mongolian Children's Rights in front of the media. See the article.

EITHER KENTUCKY OR ULAANBAATAR--A giant chicken was just one part of the opening ceremony for Mongolia's first KFC. In an event attended by the U.S. Ambassador, the move perfectly symbolizes Mongolia's great transition into a global (and Americanized) economy. See my coverage of the event here.

Posing in the traditional
deel outfit.

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