Mikaela Lefrak is WAMU’s Arts and Culture reporter. Before moving into that role, she worked as WAMU’s news producer for Morning Edition.
Lefrak is a Northern Virginia native and a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont. She received a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, where she had the honor of working as the graduate assistant to renowned New York Times media columnist David Carr.
Prior to working at WAMU, Lefrak was an editor at The New Republic, where she produced politics and culture podcasts. She has also produced at PRI’s The World and WGBH Boston, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Oakland, California.
As part of the effort, curators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture plan to collect objects that tell the stories of black Americans during the pandemic.
Covered faces means people who are deaf or hard-of hearing can't lip-read or follow facial expressions. And hospitals' tightened visitor restrictions may bar interpreters from medical appointments.
After more than $10 million of renovations, which include a new security screening facility and elevator, the Washington Monument reopens to tourists on Thursday.
The bowling alley at Naval Support Activity Bethesda helped many veterans transition back into civilian life and was a place where they felt accepted. Its closure leaves them hurt and angry.
The famous cathedral was damaged seven years ago in an earthquake. Master stone masons are still working to repair the intricate Gothic stonework on its iconic towers.