Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Geese in the outfield

Media | A newspaper’s coverage of a goose drama in a town baseball field shows the value of local reporting, and the opioid crisis points to a need for community
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/14/18, 09:14 am

A New York moment:

Last year I started subscribing to a local paper that covers a cluster of small towns north of New York City, like Beacon. The town meetings and arguments about construction of a cell tower are not relevant to me, but it’s a good newspaper, and I miss good, local news coverage. Every issue has a Q&A with a local resident, like a longtime pub owner or a librarian.

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Surf’s still up

Sports | Film explores the remarkable life of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, 15 years after her shark attack
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/12/18, 03:20 pm

Under blue water, a grown-up Bethany Hamilton was motionless, suspended in the deep ocean. There was a shark behind her. Hamilton, a victim once before of a shark attack, didn’t flinch but stared ahead. The shark kept swimming. Soon she was back above the surface and grabbing her surfboard.

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On the streets where you live

New York | A New York artist leaves winsome messages in sidewalk chalk, and local media dig up a democratic socialist candidate’s ‘repressive’ pro-life past
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/04/18, 04:39 pm

A New York moment: 

You see a lot of weird stuff on the sidewalks of Manhattan, from discarded pants to one-legged pigeons. One time I came across a steaming pile of potatoes, scattered on the sidewalk, a scenario that still leaves me baffled.

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