Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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A philanthropy grandmaster

New York | The philanthropist who brought chess to New York City’s public schools dies
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/19/19, 03:04 pm

A New York moment: 

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Metro moments

New York | The value of productivity-free conversations in a busy city
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/14/19, 09:58 am

A New York moment: 

In Manhattan, seating at coffee shops is often hard to find, and I’ve grown accustomed to asking people at a table with a free seat if I can join them. On Monday I (and my new sidekick for the summer, World Journalism Institute graduate Esther Eaton) sat with an elderly man from the Bronx named George, who was sipping his coffee by himself. 

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When the fog lifts

Religion | Former cult leader and convicted murderer Jacques Robidoux says he experienced a transformation in prison, and now he wants others to avoid the crooked path he trod
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/13/19, 03:48 pm

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Over 51 awful days in 1999, 10-month-old Samuel Robidoux slowly starved to death. His parents, part of an aberrational cult that began as a Bible study and home church, withheld food from him so as to obey a “prophecy” from a fellow cult member, the boy’s aunt.

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