Below are brief biographies of some of Al Jazeera International's correspondents worldwide.
Al Jazeera International’s Rob Reynolds has over 25 years of experience in international television journalism from his work with CNN, NBC and CNBC. As CNBC’s Washington Correspondent, Rob reported from the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and from overseas. He covered the 2004 Presidential election, US primary campaigns; party conventions and Presidential debates. In Autumn 2002, Rob produced and reported a 5-part series on the potential impact of war in Iraq on location in Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Previously Rob was Moscow Correspondent for NBC News during the turbulent Yeltsin years and secured an exclusive American network interview with the new President prior to the 1998 Helsinki summit meeting with Bill Clinton. As a CNN correspondent based in London, he reported from Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait in the run-up to the first Gulf War and during its aftermath. Rob’s reports from Somalia during the US and UN-led peacekeeping mission were part of CNN's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the crisis. Rob has also been the recipient of an International Citation, Robert F Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award, for his “Famine in Africa” piece for CNN in 1993.
Barnaby Phillips has 15 years of experience in television and radio journalism with the BBC and in print with The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Economist. Barnaby’s most recent role as the BBC’s Southern Africa Correspondent was based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He reported from across the Southern Africa region and also worked in the Middle East, West Africa and Asia. His major stories in these regions included the AIDS epidemic, humanitarian crises in Darfur, war in Liberia, the 2002 Southern African food crises, war in Iraq and the South Asian tsunami. Barnaby reported regularly for BBC flagship programmes including Today on Radio 4, Newsnight on BBC2, the Ten O’Clock News on BBC 1, as well as BBC World television and World Service radio. Previously Barnaby was the BBC’s Nigeria Correspondent between 1998 and 2001 and was based in Lagos. Responsible for radio and television coverage of Africa’s most populous country and its neighbours, he reported on the end of Nigeria’s military rule, religious and ethnic conflicts, as well as the war in Sierra Leone and upheavals in the Ivory Coast.
Al Jazeera International’s Dan Nolan was formerly news correspondent for Australia’s Channel 10 based in Sydney, and also reported for the channel from Brisbane and Perth. Dan’s recent reporting highlights include covering the London terrorist bombings from the English capital in July 2005, travelling to Copenhagen in May 2004 to cover the royal wedding of Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Australian commoner Mary Donaldson and filing stories from Athens in the lead-up to the Olympics in 2004. Dan has also built experience covering news and sport, court reporting, covering the police and domestic and international political affairs as well as human interest stories from across Australia.
As both a writer and director for film, television and radio, Farai Sevenzo has switched between documentary and fiction in his coverage of major African issues. Farai’s work in African current affairs has seen him report on wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Congo and Northern Uganda. Over the last three years he has been a regular contributor to the UK’s Channel 4 News and to the same channel’s Unreported World programme. He has also contributed to the BBC’s African coverage. As a documentary filmmaker, Farai recorded the ongoing events in Zimbabwe with a series of personal observations that began with the award-winning Zimbabwe 2002. In The Children’s War, he covered the Lords Resistance Army’s hold on northern Uganda. He has also worked in Africa as an independent filmmaker and radio producer.
Southern Africa Correspondent
Kalay Maistry has over 15 years of experience in journalism from roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and with South Africa’s eTV, Radio 702, and Capital Radio. As senior political reporter with the SABC, Kalay covered major African stories such as the Schabir Shaik fraud and corruption trial, Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Elections 2005, Parliamentary Elections – Botswana 2004, political reaction to South Africa’s winning bid to stage the 2010 World Cup, South Africa’s 2004 General Election, the official visit of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and of IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato and President Thabo Mbeki’s 2003 state visit to Malaysia. For eTV, South Africa's first independent television station, Kalay reported on the Zimbabwean Presidential Election 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and on local reaction to the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2003, and to the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Al Jazeera International’s Lauren Taylor has in-depth experience in television journalism with the UK’s ITV and ITN News. Lauren was formerly economics correspondent for ITV News, a role which saw her file major business stories, including the UK’s 2005 Budget, the launch in Toulouse of the new giant Airbus A380, and the future of the 35 hour week in France. Previously Lauren was a political correspondent for ITV News. Her assignments included reporting live on the US 2004 Presidential Election from the Bush headquarters, and newscasting on the day of Tony Blair's heart operation. Abroad, Lauren covered the UK Prime Minister's controversial holidays in Italy and his visits to Washington. She also reported from the US on the aftermath of George W. Bush’s 2000 election victory. Before taking up her political brief, Lauren reported on a range of major stories including the death of Princess Diana, ETA violence in Spain, the IRA bombing of Manchester, the London Docklands bomb and BSE. Lauren joined ITN, who produce the news for ITV, as a graduate trainee in 1992.
With a career of over 23 years in broadcast journalism, Al Jazeera International’s Alan Fisher has reported for the UK’s GMTV from across the world. Alan was the station’s Chief Correspondent for six years, a role in which he covered the war in Bosnia, the end of the siege of Sarajevo, and the huge humanitarian crisis caused by the bloody Rwandan civil war. Alan also spent ten weeks in Baghdad leading GMTV's coverage of the last Gulf War. Most recently he covered major stories in the UK and abroad including a three-part series on poverty in Africa. Previously as GMTV’s Senior News Correspondent, Alan filed reports on the Dunblane massacre; the death of Diana Princess of Wales from Paris; the 1998 World Cup and UK/US air strikes in Iraq. He joined GMTV as the station's first Ireland correspondent - setting up the bureau in Belfast and reporting major events including the Shankill bomb, the Loughinisland and Greysteel massacres and the early steps in the peace process including the first ceasefires.
Al Jazeera International’s Lucia Newman has 25 years of experience in television and journalism, which encompasses roles with the BBC, ARD, NBC, ABC, 7 Network, Sydney Morning Herald, Radio 2GB and CNN. An expert covering Latin America, before coming to Al Jazeera International Lucia was most recently CNN’s Havana bureau chief and correspondent. Prior to her Cuban posting, she was CNN’s senior correspondent in Latin America, and bureau chief in Mexico from 1993-1997, Chile from 1989-1993, Nicaragua from 1985-1989 and Panama in 1987. She has reported on the Contra war in Nicaragua, South America’s drug involvement and unrest in Panama under former dictator Manuel Noriega. While based in Cuba, Lucia covered the 1998 Papal visit and the 1998 bomb attacks on Havana hotels, in addition to conducting several exclusive interviews with Cuban President Fidel Castro. A recipient of many awards in journalism, in 2001 Lucia picked up the prestigious Edward R. Morrow Award for ‘sustained coverage of Elian Gonzalez’, the child at the centre of a heated custody and immigration battle in 2000 involving the Cuban and US governments.
As a celebrated war correspondent, Mariana Sanchez has travelled the world covering critical world events such as the war in Kosovo, the conflict in East Timor, the conflict in Macedonia, the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the ‘war on terrorism’ from both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before joining Al Jazeera International, Mariana Sanchez built a distinguished career with international news organisations including Panamericana Television, ATV, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal Americas, CNN Espanol, UNIVISION and Agence France Presse, as well as reporting for Radio Monitor on the 2004 Afghanistan elections, and for Radio France International and Radio Mexico, among others, over the course of her journalism career. In 1992, she received an Emmy award for her special series on children and guns in the streets of New York.
UN Correspondent, New York
Al Jazeera International’s Mark Seddon has a wide and varied range of experience from his work as an editor, journalist, broadcaster, political adviser and commentator. In his most recent role as editor of the internationally-renowned weekly magazine Tribune, Mark was responsible for editing, commissioning and leader writing. He has also worked as a commentator and diarist on the London Evening Standard and as a contributor to the Evening Standard, The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Private Eye. Between 1997 and 2000 Mark was elected to the UK Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee, and was re-elected in 2001.