Maud Beelman, "United States, is Projects Editor at The Dallas Morning News, which she joined in July 2004. Prior to that, Maud was the founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. Her work there won a George Polk, an Investigative Reporters and Editors and a Society of Professional Journalists' award for investigative reporting. For 14 years, Maud worked for The Associated Press in the United States and abroad. While overseas, she covered German unification, reported from Iran and Iraq on the aftermath of the first Gulf War and spent five years covering the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Maud returned to the United States in mid-1996 as a fellow of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, where her reporting focused on U.S. policy in the Balkans and, specifically, Washington's support for clandestine weapons shipments to the Bosnian Muslims during the war. Maud earned her bachelor's degree in English/journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has a master's degree in communications from the University of Florida. She is a native of New Orleans."