Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously reported for the The New York Daily News, The Indianapolis Star, and Philanthropy magazine. Emily resides in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @emlybelz.


Jewish Christian U.S. chess champion

Sports | America’s only female grandmaster survived a serious bout with COVID-19, then won the U.S. women’s chess championship
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/27/20, 02:56 pm

Irina Krush, the only American female to achieve the title of chess grandmaster, lives an unassuming life for someone who has won the U.S. women’s championship eight times.

Krush, 36, lives in a modest apartment in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, the neighborhood she grew up in after her Jewish parents immigrated from the Soviet Union when she was a child. As she did her daily walk in November around the bay where swans patrol the waters, she ran into her landlady, who was also her high-school French teacher.

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AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Ensuring an accurate vote

Elections | Dominion Voting Systems and other election software have vulnerabilities, but layers of security guard against widespread fraud
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/24/20, 12:07 pm

As some congressional Republicans call on President Donald Trump to concede the 2020 election and acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden, Trump is now centering his claims that he won the election in a “landslide” on the idea of a conspiracy involving Dominion Voting Systems. 

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Illustration by Rachel Beatty

COVID-19 behind bars

Prisons | Pandemic restrictions lead to extreme isolation for inmates who can’t access visitors, ministries, and education
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/18/20, 04:08 pm

In recounting the last few months in prison, Jamel Blackwell didn’t start with the story about how he almost died from COVID-19. Instead he talked about the New Jersey Department of Corrections shutting down visits, Bible studies, and education for inmates in mid-March. 

“I couldn’t see any of my Christian brothers on the other units,” he said. So he and several Christians segregated together in his unit started their own Bible study twice a week to study the Gospels, which he said was “relieving … during this stressful pandemic.”

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