Rowan Moore Gerety is a freelance writer and radio producer based in California, interested in economics and inequality in the developing world. He has filed stories for PRI's The World, Marketplace, All Things Considered, Guernica, the Christian Science Monitor and the Huffington Post, among others.
I grew up in Hartford, CT, and studied anthropology at Columbia University. I got my start on the radio at a student-run station in the basement of Barnard College, then stumbled into a gig hosting talk radio in Reunion Island. The job was split between a nighttime personals show called "Tropical Heat" and moderating drive-time discussions of local politics and anything from hair care to missing persons.
Since then, I have been a Fulbright fellow in Mozambique, filing stories for print and public radio about tangles of economic development there — on woodcarvers who make a living fashioning ebony replacements for plastic car parts, or cemeteries that have been swept up in real estate booms in rapidly-growing cities. I like nothing more than making mistakes in a new foreign language, and comparing notes on the way that people say "ummm....." around the world. I'm a regular contributor to Marketplace, and I've written features for PRI's The World, All Things Considered, Guernica, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post, among others.
At rural hospitals in Africa, you'll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running.