National Geographic : 1995 Sep
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OAssignment EL SALVADOR Reporting on Rebuilding "IN EL SALVADOR I packed my rental car with pet food," says freelance photographer TOMASZ TOMASZEWSKI, here hugged by a circus monkey in Nahuizalco. "There were a lot of homeless dogs and cats there, and I just wanted to give them a meal. After I fed the monkey, the owners invited me to join their circus," he says. But Tomasz was expected back in Poland by his wife, writer Malgorzata Niezabitowska, their daughter Maryna, and their four dogs all adopted strays. The family's adventure driving across the United States resulted in "Discovering America" in the January 1988 GEOGRAPHIC. "Now that the war is over, Salvadorans are trying to be decent to one another," says Assistant Editor MIKE EDWARDS, bottom, covering a political rally in the eastern city of San Francisco. "They are such warm people; it makes you wonder how they could have been so violent." Though recently his beat has TIM ROBERTS been the former Soviet Union, the 27-year GEOGRAPHIC veter an is no stranger to Central America. He first visited as a press aide to Peace Corps direc tor Sargent Shriver in 1963 and later reported on Mexico, Hon duras, and Nicaragua- among his 33 articles for the magazine. Mike earned his first byline at age 14, covering high school sports for the Cobb County Times in Marietta, Georgia. "Seeing my name in that news paper was the biggest thing that had ever happened to me," he remembers, "and writing is all I've wanted to do ever since." TOMASZTOMASZEWSKI NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHED MONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON, D. C.20036-4688. $25.00 AYEAR,$3.00 ACOPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D. C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O.BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20013.