Bethan McKernan

Reporter in Beirut Governorate, Lebanon

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I'm a reporter covering the Middle East for The Independent, based in Beirut.

Before that I worked at the Associated Press in London and briefly in New York.

I like learning, writing and doing something about the refugee crisis; a current obsession is the Kurdish experiment with self-governance in northern Syria.

My Spanish is decent, Arabic is a work in progress and I can say 'rojbaş' in Kurdish.

I have degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I was a scholarship Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and Oxford University. I was also very lucky to spend the last two years of school at the United World College of the Atlantic.

I'm from Barry, on the South Welsh coast.

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