Josh Wood is a freelance journalist based in Louisville, Kentucky.


Between 2009 and 2017, he spent a total of seven years overseas while based in Beirut, Lebanon, where he wrote about conflict, refugees and US policy in the Middle East.


Returning to the United States in 2017, he spent two years in Boston, Massachusetts, where his work focused on the 2020 election, the legalization of marijuana, incarceration, the environment and immigration.


Josh has been a staff reporter for the Associated Press and The National. As a freelancer, his work has appeared in The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Public Radio International, HuffPost, the Middle East edition of Esquire and a number of other publications. 


Raised between Saudi Arabia and New England, Josh holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.




Re-greening: can Louisville plant its way out of a heat emergency?

The Kentucky city is the fastest-warming urban heat island in the US – and as its temperature has risen, its tree cover has plummeted.

If you spend enough time in Kurdish places, from sidewalk tea stands in the shadow of the Erbil citadel to the bullet-pocked alleys of Diyarbakir and the dusty fields along Syria’s frontlines, there is a proverb you will hear. It goes like this: “The Kurds have no friends but the mountains.”

You’ll hear it in Nashville too, in Little Kurdistan, a strip of grocers and eateries tucked between an Aldi and a Waffle House along the Nolensville Pike.

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