Jamie Dean

Jamie is national editor of WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously worked for the Charlotte World. Jamie has covered politics, disasters, religion, and more for WORLD. She resides in Charlotte, N.C. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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Deadly quiet

Zimbabwe | A clamp on election results and new land evictions have southern Africa fearful of a violent explosion to come
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

The political mood in Zimbabwe turned ominous as the wait for voters to learn the outcome of the country's March 29 presidential elections stretched from days into weeks. Nearly two weeks after polls closed, long-time President Robert Mugabe had not announced election results. Opponents feared the leader would tamper with the outcome to retain his 28-year rule in the beleaguered nation, and warned of government-backed violence.

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Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

Moments of truth

Iraq | Gen.
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

In a quiet room of somber faces, President George W. Bush fought to maintain his composure as he awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor on April 8.

With tears and a trembling lip, Bush described the final moments for the Navy SEAL who died protecting his comrades in Ramadi, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. Monsoor and two teammates took rooftop positions during a firefight when an insurgent grenade bounced off Monsoor's chest and landed on the roof. Monsoor had a clear exit opportunity, but his two comrades didn't.

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Kyle Scharf for WORLD

Market swamp

Cover story
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/05/08, 12:00 am

From a dimly lit office in a tiny storefront in downtown Fort Myers, Fla., Cher Averill reaches across her crowded desk and holds up a single sheet of paper. "This is my prayer list," she says.

On the list are the names of some 30 homeowners in Lee County who are about to get bad news: Their homes are going into foreclosure, and Averill is the messenger.

Averill owns a process serving company in Fort Myers, and these days she has plenty of business: Florida has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to a recent RealtyTrac report.

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