Welcome, my name is Genevieve Belmaker. I am an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and photographer based in the Pacific Northwest, blah blah. You can just call me a “mid-career journalist.” That’s code for “deciding on a daily basis whether or not to continue working in journalism for the next 30 years.” If you think of it in terms of career longevity and retirement, I’m not even halfway through a typical career of four or five decades.
But I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way – much of it from hands-on experiences first as a reporter and now as a contributing editor. Over the last 15 years, my work has frequently taken me around the U.S., Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. You can often find me in Jerusalem, the West Bank, New York City, and other random locations like Olympia, Washington and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Those last two are where I grew up, and where I’m from, respectively.