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World Almanac 2009 Press Release

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Editor Biographies

Sarah Janssen
Sarah Janssen, Editor
(photo / bio)
KWTX News 10 at Noon, Waco, TX Interview 12/4/08 - 13.40 MB WMV

Sarah Janssen is an editor of The World Almanac and Book of Facts and other diverse titles, focusing primarily on arts and media, consumer information, geography, history, and sports. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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