Katya Cengel

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Katya Cengel

Katya began her career in Latvia in the late 1990s as a journalist reporting on the newly independent country. Her stories focused on the country's identity struggle and covered such issues as granting Russian residents citizenship, confronting Nazi and Soviet crimes and dealing in the emergence of human trafficking. After an internship with the BBC in London, she returned to the former Soviet Union. In Ukraine she reported on people living illegally in the exclusion zone surrounding Chernobyl, traveled down a coal mine to investigate the real conditions of mining in the region and camped out in tent cities formed by protesters in the uprisings leading to the Orange Revolution. As a feature and metro reporter for the the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper she tracked down the elusive "Marlboro Marine", spent a week in an Amish community and traveled to Africa to find the families of refugees resettled in Louisville. A World Affairs Journalism Fellow in 2005, she received second place in the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award in 2006 for her series "Lost Boys, Torn Families". Her 2009 series on minor league baseball players inspired her first book, Bluegrass Baseball, being released by University of Nebraska Press in the summer of 2012. As a freelance journalist she continues to travel and report from around the globe.

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nominated for 2013 Kentucky Literary Award

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