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Podcast: Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Siobhán O’Grady '13

Photo of Siobhán O’Grady standing in front of mountainous terrain in Afghanistan.

Siobhán O’Grady '13 on assignment for The Washington Post in Band-e Amir National Park, in Bamyan, Afghanistan.


In the first of a series of features with alumni journalists, we talk with Siobhán O’Grady ’13, who was recently named Cairo bureau chief for The Washington Post.

Also in this episode: Puzzlemaster and Associate Professor of Mathematics Jeff Forrester reveals why you should watch your step on campus, and his latest question takes us to the college solar farm. Plus, President Margee Ensign discusses Dickinson’s role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout.



Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Siobhán O’Grady ’13

Siobhán O’Grady ’13 used her unique Dickinson education and study abroad experiences in Morocco and Cameroon to launch a career as a journalist covering a wide swath of Africa and the Middle East. We hear about her approach to storytelling and how the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for journalists.

Puzzler: “The Big Clean-Up at the Solar Farm”

“Student volunteers were helping to clean panels at Dickinson’s solar array. Students were assigned to sections in pairs, one assigned to clean those on the north side of the path and the other those on the south side. Both sides have the same number of panels. Abby arrived early and started cleaning panels on the north side. Miguel showed up a bit later, and by that time Abby had completed cleaning three panels. Miguel informed Abby that she was on the wrong side of the path, and she then switched to the south side while Miguel picked up where she left off on the north side. After completing his side, Miguel joined Abby on the south side, cleaning six panels for her by the time they were done. Our question is: Who cleaned the most panels that day and by how many?”

Listen to the new question at the 2:30 mark below.

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President Margee Ensign

President Ensign updates listeners on the beginning of the semester and explains how Dickinson can play a role in COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

The Good is produced by Craig Layne and Christine Baksi in association with Dickinson College's Office of Marketing & Communications. Craig Layne is the host. The podcast's theme music was composed by Jong Ho Choi '18

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Published February 23, 2021