Katherine Skiba

Reporter, Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau (Arlington, VA)

I was traveling alone in the sand-swept Gaza Strip, reporting and taking photos for The Milwaukee Journal, which gambled and sent me overseas. It was in the late ’80s during the Palestinian uprising. At an inn known to be hospitable to journalists, I learned where Israeli troops and Palestinians were clashing. ‘It will be dangerous,’ someone advised. A woman at the inn looked at me and announced, ‘She is a journalist. She has courage.’ Her words were a kick in the pants, a reminder of my true north. I got on my way and got the story.


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