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Maranie Staab & Eric Schmitt
Update from the war in Ukraine

With photographer Maranie Staab and New York Times writer Eric Schmitt

Wednesday, May 11, 4:00 pm ET via Zoom

Photo by Maranie Staab
Leeza, age 10, and her mother Leena, wait aboard a bus to be evacuated from the besieged city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine on March 10, 2022. Photo by Maranie Staab.

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Maranie Staab
Maranie StaabMaranie Staab, a frequent contributor to SDN and ZEKE, has just returned to the U.S. after nine weeks in Moldova and Ukraine documenting the effects of the war on civilians. While in the region, she photographed for the World Central Kitchen and Team Humanity, organizations that are feeding and caring for refugees and evacuating them to safety in Moldova. Her work has brought her to Odesa, Mykolaiv, Chirnihiv, Kyiv, and other cities. You can view all of Maranie’s stories from Ukraine and Moldova here.
      An independent photographer, videographer and journalist, Maranie’s work focuses on human rights and social justice issues, displacement, and the effects of conflict. A 2020 Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship recipient, Maranie is a proud alumni of the Eddie Adams Workshop, winner of the 2019 Northern Short Course Student Photographer of the year, winner of the 2019 Best of Photojournalism Emerging Vision prize and the first recipient of the Ed Kashi Fellowship at Newhouse, Syracuse University.

SDN is grateful to generous donors who have supported Maranie's work in Moldova and Ukraine.
Eric Schmitt
Eric SchmittEric Schmitt is a senior writer with the New York Times covering terrorism and national security. Since 2007, he has reported on terrorism issues, with assignments to Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa, Southeast Asia among others. He is the co-author, with the Times’s Thom Shanker, of “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” published in 2011.
      Some of Eric’s special projects at the New York Times include, the Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from January until March 1991, the war in Somalia in December 1992, and the conflict in Haiti in September 1994.
      Eric has shared three Pulitzer Prizes.  In 1999, he was part of a team of New York Times reporters awarded the Pulitzer for coverage of the transfer of sensitive military technology to China. In 2009, he was a part of a team of New York Times reporters awarded the Pulitzer for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. And in 2017, he was part of a Pulitzer team that examined how Russian President Vladimir Putin projects power openly and covertly.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Eric is an advisor to the Foundation for Systemic Change.

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Foundation for Systemic Change    Digital Silver Images