Having worked as a journalist in Egypt and the U.S., Appelbaum is dedicated to freedom of the press, transparency, access to information, and supporting independent journalism around the world.
Prior to joining ICFJ, Appelbaum worked at International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) on media and civil society development programs in Central America, Eurasia, and the Middle East. She has lived in Spain, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, and Morocco, with additional regional experience around Central America.
Appelbaum received a master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew.