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Cal Poly journalism professor, Katya Cengel’s Ukrainian connection

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Katya Cengel and her interpreter, Sveta prepare to explore a mine in Eastern Ukraine in 2002.

Cal Poly State University journalism professor, Katya Cengel talks to correspondent Tom Wilmer about her time in Ukraine and her fear for the country and safety of lifelong friends.

Cengel lived in and reported from Ukraine from 2000 to 2003, an experience she chronicles in her 2019 memoir From Chernobyl with Love.

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Katya Cengel's book From Chernobyl with Love book cover.

Cengel recently wrote about Ukrainian history for Smithsonian Magazine.

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Smithsonian Magazine
Smithsonian Magazine feature story about Ukraine by Katya Cengel

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