Olivia Katrandjian
Olivia Katrandjian

After graduating from Amherst College in 2009, Olivia Katrandjian moved to Bangkok, Thailand and traveled through Vietnam, Laos, China, Hong Kong, and South Korea while writing a travel column for The Bergen Record. Olivia then joined the Armenian Volunteer Corps and moved to Yerevan, Armenia, where she worked as a journalist for the Civilitas Foundation and wrote for The Los Angeles Times and PBS Frontline. Olivia now works as a freelance journalist for ABC News in New York, a travel writer for the Huffington Post and has also written for The BBC, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Abu Dhabi National. She volunteers for the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and is writing her first book. To see more of her writing, go to www.oliviakatrandjian.com.

Oct. 2, 2012

Armenia Ruling Party Threatens Election Rival, Independent Media Outlet

Accusations of money laundering against a former Armenian foreign minister reveal that the country is trying to shut down an NGO aimed at improving civil society in Armenia.

July 5, 2012

How Champagne Came to Be

Almost 400 years of history go into every toast.
July 3, 2012

Quinoa Uncovered: How American Foodies Became Obsessed With a South American Poor Man's Grain

Quinoa is the grain "du jour" among health-food junkies in the United States. But few people know it has been a food staple for the native Incas for hundreds of years.
June 29, 2012

5 Destinations to See Before You Die

You may not have heard of Nagorno Karabakh or Luang Prabang, but they're among the five most beautiful and untouched places in the world.
April 24, 2012

Armenian Genocide Day: Why Won't President Obama Say the 'G' Word?

Today, Armenians around the world commemorate the 97th anniversary of a genocide that began on April 24, 1915 and resulted in the murder of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.
Aug. 16, 2011

Churnalism and Its Discontents

Try conducting a news search today without turning up something churned. As newspapers and magazines make last-ditch efforts at survival, journalism is becoming churnalism.

March 9, 2011

"As the Sun Shines for Everyone, Freedom is a Right for Everyone"

Oh, the irony. Libya's Gaddafi has been awarding a human rights prize to peace activists for over 20 years. Among the recipients? Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.