Susie Blair

Intern

The World

Susie Blair is formerly a Northeastern University co-op intern at PRI's The World.

I'm an undergraduate student at Northeastern University where I am pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with a minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In 2014, I participated in a 6-month co-op program as The World's Digital Production Assistant. 

My first reporting position was as stringer for my tiny hometown's weekly paper, The Littleton Independent. After covering selectmen's and planning board meetings - where I was often the only attendee - I accepted a co-op position at The Boston Globe's North Metro bureau, where I continued to cover local news. In the Spring of 2013 I spent four months studying in London and fell in love with everything about the city.

The World is my first foray into the realm of international news and I could not be more excited.

In my free time, I can be found consuming useless pop culture trivia and playing music.

MSF staff working in Ramtha Hospital (Jordan, near the Syrian border), where war wounded patients from Syria are being treated. MSF medical staff is doing rounds in the wards. The girl photographed lost one leg due to artillery injury.

At a refugee hospital in Jordan, kids deal with war, resilience and friendship

In a town in Syria, two young boys were exploring outside when they found an electronic device. That device turned out to be an explosive, and they were badly wounded. Fortunately, they were quickly brought to a hospital in neighboring Jordan. But despite their dire circumstances, the two managed to persevere — while their friendship grew stronger than ever.

At a refugee hospital in Jordan, kids deal with war, resilience and friendship
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'My life in a nutshell is thoughts about sex every 9 seconds and being depressed every 12 seconds'

'My life in a nutshell is thoughts about sex every 9 seconds and being depressed every 12 seconds'
Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in January 2002.

Here's how some veterans feel about torture tactics

Here's how some veterans feel about torture tactics
Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan gives an address in Little Rock, Arkansas Luncheon to celebrate the bicentennial of the Mexican Independence Wars and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution in 2010.

One of the world's original digital diplomats says Twitter is an 'unrivaled tool' for foreign policy

One of the world's original digital diplomats says Twitter is an 'unrivaled tool' for foreign policy
Laborers work at a construction site in Doha on June 18, 2012.

Foreign workers face exploitation and death while building Qatar's World Cup sites

Foreign workers face exploitation and death while building Qatar's World Cup sites
A man uses his phone to read updates about former American NSA contractor Edward Snowden answering users' questions on Twitter.

To see the changes Edward Snowden wrought, just look at your smartphone

Edward Snowden's biggest legacy may not come from changed laws or powers — it may just be the way that the debate over privacy has forced big companies like Apple and Google to safeguard its customers' information in more ways.

To see the changes Edward Snowden wrought, just look at your smartphone
Honduran musician Aurelio Martinez calls his latest album "pure Garifuna."

Music is a 'weapon to make change' for this Garifuna guitar player and activist

Growing up in a secluded village on the Honduran coast, Aurelio Martinez received most of his musical education from his mother. Now, the musician from a minority culture called the Garifuna is going back to those roots on his latest album "Landini," while also fighting for the rights of his people.

Music is a 'weapon to make change' for this Garifuna guitar player and activist
Finance Minister — and national celebrity — Martin Lousteau arrives at the session of the Development Committee during the last day of the spring IMF-World Bank meeting.

Some of this country's biggest celebrities are economists — really

For this Geo Quiz, we're looking for the country whose economists are treated like rock stars.

Some of this country's biggest celebrities are economists — really
Beachcomber and historian Tracy Williams discovered her first Tjipetir block in the summer of 2012. Now, she runs a Facebook group collecting photos and stories of other blocks that have washed up on beaches throughout northern Europe.

We finally know why these mysterious 'Tjipetir blocks' are washing up on European beaches

You never know what’s going to wash up on the beaches of Cornwall, England. In recent years, among the seaweed and driftwood, mysterious 100-year-old blocks of rubber have appeared. But an amateur historian from England might have cracked the case.

We finally know why these mysterious 'Tjipetir blocks' are washing up on European beaches
Doctors help each other with their protective suits during an Ebola virus drill in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

An epidemiologist in Monrovia describes hazmat training — from hand washing to elbow bumps

For those fighting Ebola on the front lines, personal protective equipment — those infamous hazmat suits — are both necessary and cumbersome. According to epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell, healthcare workers struggle to work around the limitations of that equipment — while taking a host of other precautions.

An epidemiologist in Monrovia describes hazmat training — from hand washing to elbow bumps
Vietnamese immigrants pray to a small shrine erected five years ago. The area was once littered, covered in graffiti, and a frequent stop for the city's public works department. But after one neighborhood resident placed the statue on the corner, local Vi

Can you name the West Coast city where a Buddhist shrine turned a neighborhood around?

In the American city we want you to name, a Buddha statue purchased at a hardware store managed to turn an eyesore of a street corner into a shrine and gathering place.

Can you name the West Coast city where a Buddhist shrine turned a neighborhood around?
The Malawi Mouse Boys pose with one of their homemade instruments. From left to right: Josephy Nekwankwa, Zondiwe Kachingwe, Nelson Muligo, Alfred Gavanala

For a band of boys from Malawi, 'performing is easy, life is hard'

The Malawi Mouse Boys grew up in deep poverty, selling their namesake rodents to make money. But despite being cut off from outside music, with self-taught skills and self-made instruments, they created a unique sound that now has them performing around the world.

For a band of boys from Malawi, 'performing is easy, life is hard'
Students prepare food during a class by French chef Eric Cros (left) at the Institut Paul Bocuse.

French chefs say they shouldn't have to take the heat to stay in the kitchen

If you're familiar with Gordon Ramsay, you probably know how high-pressure professional kitchens can be. But in the face of long-running verbal and physical abuse from their bosses, some French cooks have created a manifesto to put an end to kitchen hazing.

French chefs say they shouldn't have to take the heat to stay in the kitchen
Ebola evacuation

An epidemiologist suggests we take cues from the AIDS crisis in dealing with Ebola

While it may seem as though media attention surrounding the Ebola outbreak has dwindled, President Barack Obama has said that "we are nowhere near out of the woods yet in West Africa" — meaning volunteers are still needed. Physician and epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell is one of those volunteers, and she says her experience working during the AIDS crisis offers her some perspective.

An epidemiologist suggests we take cues from the AIDS crisis in dealing with Ebola
Single malt whisky is seen in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This country has passed Scotland in the world whisky ranks. Can you name it?

The country we want you to name for this week's Geo Quiz has produced a single malt that beat Scotland in the unofficial world whisky ranks.

This country has passed Scotland in the world whisky ranks. Can you name it?