Jennifer Moroz is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has covered everything from suburban life to regional transportation issues to major national and international stories. She currently covers New Jersey state government.
Growing up in Montreal, Jennifer never dreamed of becoming a reporter. She just knew that whatever she did, she couldn't hack a boring desk job. She stumbled into journalism after graduating from the University of Toronto with a not-so-marketable degree in anthropology -- and deciding to take off for 18 months of work/travel through Australia, New Zealand and India. Having studied Australian aboriginal culture in school, she decided to take a closer look for herself and started doing informal interviews and research and recording it all in a journal.
Her reporting career started there, in the middle of the Australian Outback, and took her to New York, where she interned at CNN, and back to Montreal, where she worked as an associate editor of the Canadian Footwear Journal and as a researcher for CFCF TV. From there, she went to Chicago, where she did her master's at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's been in the United States, working in newspapers, ever since.
During her time at the Inquirer, she has led the coverage of the dismantling of the national sports betting ring run by NHL star Rick Tocchet. She also spent more than a year reporting an award-winning narrative series about a small, blue-collar New Jersey town struggling to adjust to a major influx of undocumented Brazilian immigrants. The project took her to the Amazon region, where she visited the hometowns of several immigrants and reported on the economic conditions they fled and the lives and families they left behind.
When she isn't working, Jennifer might be found scribbling in a journal or drafting characters she tells herself will someday anchor a novel. She likes to blow off steam by running and loves to travel, especially if the itinerary isn't set in stone.
Jennifer is looking forward to heading overseas again, this time as an instructor with the Rwanda Initiative. During the months of August and September, she will be teaching an intro to reporting class and journalism ethics at the National University of Rwanda.