Carlene Hempel has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She began her reporting career at The Middlesex News (now The MetroWest Daily News) in Framingham, Massachusetts, and then moved to North Carolina, where she worked for MSNBC in the NBC affiliate in Raleigh. She left to get her master’s degree in journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later worked as a technology and culture reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh. She joined the faculty at Northeastern in 2002.
In the spring of 2009, Carlene took 25 students abroad to Egypt, Syria and Qatar for five weeks to work as international journalists. The program was a first for the School of Journalism. She returned in 2011 to Jordan and Turkey with 19 student journalists and photographers, to Jordan in 2012, and to Spain in 2014 and 2015. In 2017, she took another 18 students to Greece to report about the Syrian refugee crisis there, among other things, and in 2018, she will take a team to Cuba. In 2016, Carlene won the university’s excellence in teaching award. She is married to Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for The Washington Post, a documentary filmmaker and a TV host. Their family was featured in Edgers’ 2010 film Do It Again, which is about his two-year quest to reunite British band The Kinks.