Genevieve Belmaker is an American journalist and writer who worked and lived in Jerusalem and the surrounding region for more than three years. Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, she started traveling and living in new places at the age of 17. In 2009, Genevieve met her future husband, an Israeli journalist, while he was visiting New York City. After traveling to Israel and working side-by-side as colleagues, they were married in 2010. In Jerusalem, Genevieve reported on settlements, small businesses in the West Bank, and local news and politics, and authored a weekly column for The Epoch Times on her observations of the region. Genevieve is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in international relations and a minor in East Asian languages and cultures. She studied journalism through New York University's continuing education program. Her work as a writer and photographer has been published by Poynter, the Foreign Policy Association, Quill magazine, Draft magazine, and Big World. Her reporting for The Epoch Times on homeless Hurricane Sandy evacuees in New York City received a Front Page Award from the Newswomen's Club of New York in 2013. She regularly reports on news and events in Jerusalem and beyond. Genevieve recently moved back to New York City with her husband. Their son, Negev (named after her husband's favorite Israeli desert), was born in late 2011 and is already a skilled world traveler. He was truly the inspiration behind the creation of this book.