Jerusalem: About this series

Ken Ellingwood, a Times staff writer since 1992, covers Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since moving to the region in 2003, he has also reported from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. Before joining the foreign staff, Ellingwood was the newspaper's bureau chief in Atlanta, where he was responsible for coverage of a six-state swath of the South. From 1998 to 2002, Ellingwood covered the U.S.-Mexico border and is the author of "Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border." He earlier held a number of local beats, from the San Gabriel Valley to police and courts in Orange County, while on the Times staff in Southern California. He can be reached at

Richard Boudreaux, an international correspondent for the last three decades, joined The Times in 1986 as bureau chief in Managua, Nicaragua, after 16 years with the Associated Press. He held the same post in Moscow, Rome, Mexico City and Baghdad before moving to Jerusalem in 2006. He has covered six wars and written for The Times from more than 50 countries. He was on Times reporting teams that won awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Assn., and he received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for journalism advancing inter-American understanding. He has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern and a master's from Columbia. He can be reached at

Times photographer Brian Vander Brug spent more than three weeks in and around Jerusalem shooting still images and video for this series. This was his third assignment in the region. During the summer of 2005, he covered the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and returned in 2006 after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fell ill. He has been a staff photographer with The Times since 1996. He can be reached at

Times videographer John Vande Wege, the Editorial Multimedia Manager at the Los Angeles Times, joined the paper a decade ago. He has played a major role in leading reporters and photojournalists at The Times in applying new methods of storytelling, such as interactive narratives and video reports, for a web audience. In his role as a newspaper video journalist, John has produced investigative video reports and interactive narrated presentations on a range of topics including the environment ("Altered Oceans" series), the war in Iraq, an oil pipeline project in Africa, as well as numerous projects focusing on the landscape of Los Angeles. For this series, John joined the team in Jerusalem and shot the majority of the video he produced. He can be reached at

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