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Emily Abedon is a journalist, filmmaker, and advocate for safe housing. A recipient of the Beatrice Ravenel Prize from the Poetry Society of South Carolina, Emily is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Redbook, Parents and Home magazines. She has been the Home columnist and a contributing editor for Charleston Magazine, a staff writer for the Post and Courier newspaper, and a news reporter for WPDE TV. Emily co-founded Operation Home, a nonprofit that makes emergency home repairs for poor and disabled residents of South Carolina. To create awareness of the epidemic of dilapidated housing in the South, she wrote and produced "State of Disrepair," a short documentary. Emily is a volunteer creative-writing teacher for kids at the Chucktown Squash Program, and a board member of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and English, cum laude, from Tufts University, and her Master of Arts in Film and Video, magna cum laude, from American University. Emily is a member of the tenth class of the Liberty Fellowship, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership network.