Jeffrey Stern and “The Last Thousand”

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SEILER SMITH

Jeffrey Stern, a former Pulitzer Center grantee, is coming out with his first book, The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War on January 26, 2016.

This book is the fruit of a dream and also some risky decisions. Right after college, Stern wanted to be a writer, but he wasn’t sure how this was going to happen. He had a small portfolio, few contacts, and as he explains it, no patience to follow the “normal” track of starting small and working your way up. So he did the only rational thing—after graduating, he took out all the money in his bank account and moved to Afghanistan.

Now there is a bit of a backstory to this decision. About a year before he moved to Afghanistan he was an intern at CNN when one of their correspondents based in Afghanistan resigned. Knowing that he was woefully unqualified, Stern made a joke to his boss that he should be the man to replace the correspondent. The joke was a hit. Eventually, everyone in Stern’s family had been told the one-liner and loved it. However, as time passed, Stern started taking his joke seriously. “Why not move to Afghanistan?” he thought. At that time Stern knew that no editor was going take him seriously, but if he moved to Afghanistan they would have to. So he booked the flight and off he went.ut he wasn’t sure how this was going to happen. He had a small portfolio, few contacts, and as he explains it, no patience to follow the “normal” track of starting small and working your way up. So he did the only rational thing—after graduating, he took out all the money in his bank account and moved to Afghanistan.

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From:: Hazara People