When New York City Marathon winners Firehiwot Dado and Buzunesh Deba walked into Queen of Sheba Ethiopian restaurant just before 9:00 p.m., Sunday night, owner Philipos Mengistu lunged towards his iPod to flip on “Haile Haile,” a popular Ethiopian song written in honor of Haile Gebrselassie, another legendary Ethiopian runner.
Elizabeth Dilts is currently pursuing a masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dilts came to New York City from Shanghai, China, where she worked as an editor with the English-language City Weekend magazine. Prior to that, Dilts spent a year in Nanjing, China, with a bilingual, Mandarin-English magazine and a stint in Tianjin, China, with a business publication. Looking to use her Mandarin back in the United States, Dilts is covering Flushing, Queens, one of New York’s four Chinatowns. A native of Gary, Indiana., Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. While in China, she reported on Internet usage among young adults and the education issues faced by multi-ethnic children raised in China.