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Joan Connell is an award-winning journalist with a longstanding interest in religion, ethics and online media.
She was Senior Editor at MSN.com, formulating editorial policy and strategy for the Microsoft portal. From 1997 to 2003, she was Executive Producer for Opinions at MSNBC.com. and Editor of Religion News Service. Earlier, she was a national correspondent for Newhouse News Service in Washington,DC, where she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for reporting on religion, ethics and moral issues.
She also worked as Religion & Ethics Editor at the San Jose Mercury News and as a reporter and editor at the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, Washington.
It was a year of alarming news and amazing reporting on the Iraq War, the rise of private mercenary firms, the burgeoning business of disaster capitalism, an ever more vulnerable environment. Here's how The Nation covered the year.