Michelle Boorstein's path to her dream job as a religion reporter began as a kid, trying to make sense of a kosher Jewish home that had three sets of dishes: meat, milk and Chinese food. Her career included covering a small town, where she met and profiled the president of the International Julio Iglesias Fan Club. It also included a decade with the Associated Press that took her from Providence to Phoenix to Afghanistan. Her introduction to the Post and the DMV area was as a roaming feature reporter covering outside-the-Beltway Virginia. Boorstein received her BA in journalism and history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. She was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in journalism in 2016 and has won the top honor for big news organizations from the Religion Newswriters Association in 2011, 2013 and 2017.