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Abigail Pesta
Abigail Pesta is an award-winning journalist who has lived and worked around the world, from London to Hong Kong. Her investigative and feature reporting has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, NBC News, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and others. Her work has been honored with four National Headliner Awards, two New York Press Club Awards, five Exceptional Merit in Media Awards, two Clarion Awards, two Front Page Awards and others. She is a vice president of the Overseas Press Club. Her profile of a "hairdo archaeologist" appears in the Wall Street Journal anthology Dogfight at the Pentagon. Read Abby's short stories at Fine Words Butter No Parsnips, a journal of art and fiction. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+.

Entries by Abigail Pesta

High School Sweethearts -- Or Sex Offenders?

(15) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Frank Rodriguez is a family man, a husband and father of four daughters. He is also a convicted sex offender. As such, Frank, 34, is prohibited from coaching his children's soccer teams. Neighbors and employers can find him on the sex-offender registry, alongside pedophiles and child pornographers. An iPhone app...

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Busted: A Fugitive Fraudster Husband

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 5:02 AM

What do you do when your husband disappears from your bed one night, leaves you with $6 million in debt, and turns out to be a total fraud? If you're Michelle Kramer, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get a Ph.D. in psychology -- so that you can...

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MetaFilter Blog Brings Strangers Together To Stop Possible Sex Trafficking

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 10:30 AM

The Internet is often vilified as a guilty party in organized crime. But in one case, the power of an online network may have actually stopped it.

Last year, bloggers who knew one another only through MetaFilter, a community weblog, came together in a now-famous post to save...

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An American Honor Killing: Justice Is Served

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 6:04 PM

Noor Almaleki, a pretty 20-year-old, was walking across a suburban Phoenix parking lot in 2009 when her father slammed into her in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, fracturing her face and spine, and ultimately killing her. Why? He was angry at his daughter for refusing to marry an Iraqi man --...

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The Women Who Chase Terrorists

(10) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 4:08 PM

The Pearl Project began as a journalism course three years ago at Georgetown University. This class had no ordinary syllabus. Its goal: nothing less than to expose the hidden details and motivations behind the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The class drew...

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Blind-Date Profiling

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 2:20 PM

Maureen Dowd, matchmaker? That's right, says writer Helena Andrews. She writes in Marie Claire this month that when she was a reporter at a few years ago, Dowd set her up with Mr. Love. That would be Reggie Love, also known as Barack Obama's personal aide. The...

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Is the "United States" About to Get Scrapped?

(9) Comments | Posted March 14, 2010 | 5:15 PM

I'm referring, of course, to the "S.S. United States" -- the fastest oceanliner ever built. Last week, news broke that the foreign owner of the historic steamship is taking bids from scrapyards.

But a small band of preservationists is fighting to save the luxury superliner, which is currently...

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Jenny Sanford: The Smart Wife

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 2:29 PM

Here's a question for the ages: How is it that high-profile men like John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer don't realize they'll get busted for cheating? Because the instant they're elected to office, their egos go wild, says Jenny Sanford, the (soon-to-be-ex) wife of South Carolina's philandering governor, Mark Sanford.


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Can You Reverse Multiple Sclerosis? Yes, Says One Woman. Here's How.

(5) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 11:26 AM

How do you cure an incurable disease? Ask Kate Milliken. The 37-year-old New York City video producer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis -- the autoimmune disease that causes everything from muscle weakness to complete paralysis -- three years ago. Today, she's better. And she has before-and-after MRI scans, as well...

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Diary of an Escaped Sex Slave

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 11:58 AM

You think slavery went out with Abraham Lincoln? Ask my friend Sreypov Chan about that. She's a cute young Cambodian woman with a love for Kelly Clarkson songs and Tom & Jerry cartoons. But when she was seven years old, her mom sold her into sexual slavery.

This past summer,...

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Bernie Madoff Might Want to Read This

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Want to know what Bernie Madoff faces in jail?

Jennifer Wilkov will tell you. Accused of being involved in a small real-estate scam, she spent four months in New York City's notoriously violent Rikers Island prison, even though she tells Marie Claire magazine this month that she's innocent.

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Love in the Time of Terror

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 3:49 PM

It seems that even bloodthirsty terrorists can fall googly-eyed in love.

Reporter Paul Cruickshank, in the March issue of Marie Claire, tells the disquieting tale of how a middle-class Belgian woman fell in love with a budding Islamic terrorist, married him, and allegedly became a terrorist herself.


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The Year in Women: The Good, Bad, and Iffy

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 4:42 PM

On paper at least, 2008 was the year that women took it on the chin: The electorate sent Hillary packing, Marion Jones fessed up to doping, and Sarah Palin couldn't name any newspapers she reads. Still, we at Marie Claire have calculated that womanhood managed to clock in with...

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