I’m USA TODAY foreign correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard and I recently spent time reporting in Iran, a rare trip for any Western Journalist. AMA!

Hello. I’m a London-based foreign correspondent for USA TODAY. I have worked for USA TODAY for five years and recently returned to London after two years in Berlin. I report on a broad range of foreign affairs-related topics, with an emphasis on making comparisons to U.S. policy and experience. In Europe, I have covered refugee crises, immigration, terrorism, the lingering impact of disasters, Russia-related topics, the conflict in Ukraine and, above all, the extraordinary stories and experiences of ordinary people. It took me almost two years to get a visa to Iran. Before reporting the stories for our series INSIDE IRAN I had never traveled to the country.

The full INSIDE IRAN package:

USA TODAY foreign correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard chronicles his journey this summer inside Iran

Inside Iran: Anger, weariness, wonderment as Trump reimposes sanctions

Just the FAQs: The U.S.-Iran relationship status is complicated (video)

Read Kim’s journal entries from his time reporting in Iran:

DAY ONE: Massive traffic jams and Iranians' obsession with white cars

DAY TWO: Iranians explain their 'misunderstood' country and why it's not North Korea

DAY THREE: A city where Israel, U.S. are condemned and Trump is mocked as leader of the free world

DAY FOUR: Talk of Iran's economic malaise and whispers of whom to – blame

DAY FIVE: Disoriented Iranian youth, fortified nuclear plants and understanding nose job nation

Other recent bylines:

Trump isn't the only one who wants to build a wall. These European nations already did

Reporter’s notebook: Walking with migrants

A Stalin-era Gulag survivor never saw her husband again. USA TODAY found him


That’s all for today. Thanks for your questions. You can read all of our Inside Iran package at insideiran.usatoday.com. Bye!

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