Oregon native Emily Harris had never once stepped foot in Jerusalem, or anywhere in Israel for that matter, until she became the Jerusalem correspondent for National Public Radio.

Her first trip to the Holy Land was January 2013, when she spent a week in Jerusalem with her family, checking out apartments before the big move. Just a short time earlier, in November, rockets had rained down over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Operation Pillar of Defense. But being in danger wasn’t much of a concern for Harris, who won a Peabody Award in 2005 for her work covering the Iraq War.

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