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About your hosts - 2002-02-21

Avi Arditti is the senior news editor in VOA Special English and manages

He joined the Special English Branch in 1991 after working as VOA's part-time reporter in Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest. Before that, he worked in Los Angeles as a copy editor on newspapers and as a wire service reporter. He graduated in legal studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rosanne Skirble reports on the environment for VOA News Now. She has held a variety of assignments and hosting duties since joining VOA in 1981. She started as a producer in the American Republics Division, after working at radio and television stations in the Washington area.

Rosanne holds degrees in education, Latin American studies, and teaching English as a Foreign Language. In the 1970s she taught Spanish and EFL at schools and universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan. She has written several EFL textbooks as well as articles for professional journals for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and Spanish.