Articles written by: Justine Jablonska

Justine Jablonska

Justine Jablonska is a new media and video journalist. Previously, she worked as the Press & Media / PR Advisor to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. She completed her Master's of Journalism at Northwestern's Medill in June 2010, and is a 2008 Poland in the Rockies alumna. Justine is a CR editor, and its web & social media producer.

Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 / Books

Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale

Hollywood has been a talent magnet for a long time and one of the first superstars was Poland’s Pola Negri. Justine Jablonska reviews her story, written by Mariusz Kotowski.

A Conversation with Eva Stachniak
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 / Interviews

A Conversation with Eva Stachniak

Whether Empress Catherine was “Great” or not is debatable, but she was definitely pragmatic, as are all imperial rulers. Justine Jablonska talks to Eva Stachniak about her latest book and how she chooses her subjects.

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Interviews

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation

Justine Jablonska talks to University of Warsaw sexologist Dr. Zbigniew Izdebski about changing attitudes to sex and gender igniting a bizarre reaction in some circles to a foreign word they don’t understand.

Catching Up with Katy Carr
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Interviews / Music

Catching Up with Katy Carr

She is neither Polish nor British. She is a 21st century hybrid. And when she sings about Poland, she is an author of renaissance, not an author of requiem.

Polish Classic Desserts
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Books

Polish Classic Desserts

Justine Jablonska tests and tastes the rich dessert fare of Poland presented in Polish Classic Desserts and declares them: Heaven! She has a few quibbles, though, with some editorial content.

Elegant Prewar Poland, Evoked by New Fonts from Graphic Artist Brendan Ciecko
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features

Elegant Prewar Poland, Evoked by New Fonts from Graphic Artist Brendan Ciecko

During his brief stays in Warsaw and Kraków, American artist Brendan Ciecko came across interwar Polish typography – and that led him to discover the elegance and beauty of pre-WWII Poland. We can hardly wait for him to make these typefaces available to us.

Chatting with Katy Carr
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Interviews / Music

Chatting with Katy Carr

The singer/songwriter of Kommander’s Car – Katy Carr – had not met the “Kommander” until after her song about him became a hit. It was a thrill when she finally did. That said, her spiritus movens was always her Polish/British identity, and the history behind that. Justine Jablonska talks to Katy Carr.

Reculturing Designs
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features

Reculturing Designs

Designer Oleńka Lisiecka blends old time folk and city chic to great effect. Original and fun. Justine Jablonska casts a fashion eye on Lisiecka’s enterprise.

A Great American with a Polish Heart: General Edward L. Rowny
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 - Spring / Features

A Great American with a Polish Heart: General Edward L. Rowny

General Edward Rowny, at 96, continues his life of service to his own country while honoring the life and legacy of a great Pole, Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Pilecki, Poland and Hollywood: A Conversation with Marek Probosz
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 - Spring / Interviews

Pilecki, Poland and Hollywood: A Conversation with Marek Probosz

In a conversation with Justine Jablonska, the multi-talented actor/writer/director speaks of the honor and responsibility of playing Witold Pilecki, a hero whose story could not be suppressed.

Kukuczka
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 - Spring / Films

Kukuczka

Jerzy Kukuczka climbed the Himalayan crown – all 14 of the 8000-meter peaks – discovering new routes and ascents along the way, because as he said: “I like very much taking the undiscovered paths.”

Polish Global Village Happy Hour
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 - Winter / Features

Polish Global Village Happy Hour

Polish Happy Hour in DC has a community-building aspect to it but it’s an event without speeches. Co-founder Marcin Zmudzki, who also started the Polish Global Village mailing list, stresses the spontaneity and inclusiveness. Justine Jablonska attended on assignment – but is going back for the sheer pleasure of it.

Our Stories, Our Voices
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 - Winter / Commentary

Our Stories, Our Voices

Stories are like literary genetics, essential to one’s identity. But how does a storyteller rise above competing voices, break through non-stop background noise, and seduce an audience? Justine Jablonska looks at the issues and offers some possibilities.

Chatting with Chicago WTTW’s Dan Soles
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 - Winter / Interviews

Chatting with Chicago WTTW’s Dan Soles

Are we ready to celebrate Polish-American Heritage Month? Chicago’s PBS station WTTW is. Justine Jablonska speaks to station Chief Television Content Officer Dan Soles and reports on what we can contribute.

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 - Fall / Films / Interviews

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag

Chicago-based filmmaker Chris Swider discusses his award-winning documentary, and why he chose to focus on the youngest “enemies of the State.”