Close Up: Photographer Rebecca Blackwell

Rebecca Blackwell joined the AP as West Africa photographer in 2007, before moving to the Mexico City bureau in 2014. From her West Africa base in Dakar, Senegal, Rebecca covered news stories across the African continent, including conflicts in Ivory Coast and Central African Republic, the dangers of childbirth in rural Guinea-Bissau, a Somalian refugee crisis, and more elections and coups than she can count. She was also part of the AP team that covered the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics.

Originally from New York and New Jersey, Rebecca holds a degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She began her photographic career at a small weekly paper in New Jersey before moving to Senegal to freelance in 2004.

From her new base in Mexico City, Rebecca covers a range of general news and features, including the difficult journey through Mexico faced by Central American migrants trying to reach the U.S.



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