Hometown: Fridley, Minn.
Birthday: June 10
Liala Helal is a community journalist who most recently worked as a reporter at The Journal in International Falls, Minn. She began as a reporter at The Minnesota Daily and has held internships at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as a writing and reporting fellowship at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before joining St. Michael Patch as Local Editor, Helal freelanced for her hometown Patch, Fridley Patch.
Helal is an avid reader and collector of awkward fortune cookie messages. She enjoys photography, an occasional run, and exploring new places. She is fluent in Egyptian Arabic and enjoys Middle Eastern art and culture. She lives in the Twin Cities with her cat, Q-Tip.
She has lived in St. Paul, Plymouth, St. Louis Park, Chicago Ridge, Ill., Fridley, and International Falls.
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Helal is a believer in open-mindedness and the saying that if you love life, it will love you back. Her political beliefs include supporting issues on a case-by-base basis, regardless of which political party they are tied to.
Helal believes that a person can make even the most unpleasant activity fun, and that humor is the best bond between people.
Her favorite quotes are: "The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."-Muriel Ruckeyser, and, "Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."- Henry Anatole Grunwald.