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Published February 22, 2011, 10:35 PM

Grand Forks Parents Watch as Daughter's Sometimes Dangerous Work Included in Cairo Documentary

A Grand Forks family experienced a range of emotions Tuesday night as they watched a documentary their daughter helped produce from Egypt. 26-year-old Rachel Anderson has been in Egypt on a scholarship program since last summer.

A Grand Forks family experienced a range of emotions Tuesday night as they watched a documentary their daughter helped produce from Egypt.

26-year-old Rachel Anderson has been in Egypt on a scholarship program since last summer. Since the protests began, her family has kept in close contact with her.

"Even though she said she was being safe and careful and cautious, we were worried everyday," Anderson's mom Cindy said.

Cindy and Kevin Anderson have been concerned as their daughter, Rachel, willingly stayed in Cairo after protests began. Because of the time difference, they've had some long nights watching the news.

"Midnight here it was time for things to start happening there, so I wanted to stay up and watch and see what was going on," dad Kevin said.

On Tuesday night, the Andersons watched Rachel's bravery on the PBS show Frontline. The journalist wanted to stay to report on the event even after others left.

"When we first watched the preview, I was just really interested in the story and forgot that she was one of the ones behind the camera," Cindy said.

As the proud parents watch Rachel's work, they still have worries as she continues her journalistic journey. Although they visited her in January, they can't wait to see her safely at home.

"I don't think she has a timetable as far as when she's coming back. The sooner the better I think for us," Cindy said.

"I think ideally she'd like to stay through the elections and continue following the story," Kevin said.

The family says the internet phone calling service Skype has really helped them to stay in contact.

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