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Julie Makinen

Writer. Editor. Entrepreneur. Innovator.

Julie Makinen is a veteran writer, editor, innovator and foreign correspondent for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and International New York Times.

She has reported from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar. Julie served as Beijing Bureau Chief for the L.A. Times and on the board of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China. As a trainer for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Julie helped launch the Pajhwok Afghan News agency in Kabul.

She has been a fellow with the Japan Center for International Exchange and the Foreign Press Center of Japan, and co-authored a Los Angeles-focused travel app, DTLA Explorer.

In 2016-17, Julie was a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She is currently working to launch California 1, a news media startup focused on the Golden State.

Julie received her bachelor’s from Stanford and her master’s from UCLA.

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