Abby Sewell

Abby Sewell is a freelance journalist based in Beirut, covering travel, politics, and culture, with a focus on the Middle East. She has written for National Geographic about the unusually sociable hermit of Lebanon's Qadisha Valley, the changing circumstances of Bedouins in Petra, and Poland's rich folklore tradition.

Previously, she was a staff reporter with the Los Angeles Times, where she was part of the team that covered municipal corruption in the cities of southeast Los Angeles County, leading to the Times' Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2011. She holds a Master of Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.