The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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Fulbright scholar reports from conflict zones

Fulbright scholars tend to broaden their horizons through study. Ian Lee used his to make his way into one of the more dangerous places on earth.

A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Lander, Wyo., Lee earned his Fulbright in 2008 after graduating from Arizona State University. He chose to go to Cairo to study Egyptian media, telling his school newspaper at the time, "I want to go to conflict zones and report from there."

Ian Lee poses with children in Afghanistan,
Ian Lee poses with children in Afghanistan, where he traveled for his work with The Daily News Egypt. Although he works in conflict zones, Lee says his faith brings him comfort.

And that's exactly what he has done.

A year later he joined The Daily News Egypt, providing video reports. In May, Lee became a stringer for CNN after reporting on a Coptic church that was bombed in Alexandria, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100. And he traveled to Libya for Time magazine, covering the beginning of the civil war in Tripoli for three weeks.

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