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From New Orleans to Tehran: Life of detained Iran newscaster

Jan 17, 2019 - Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - She is largely unknown in the United States. But the American anchorwoman for Iran's state-run broadcaster, detained last weekend by U.S. authorities, is a familiar face on its English-language channel.

As a newscaster for Press TV, Marzieh Hashemi has been conducting interviews and reading the news as written by government loyalists in the Islamic Republic. It's a long way from New Orleans, where she was born Melanie Franklin in 1959 to a Christian famil...