Step Vaessen

Step Vaessen

Based in Jakarta, Step Vaessen has been reporting on Asia for more than 20 years and is one of the most senior international journalists covering the region.

After working in Southeast Asia for NOS-TV from the Netherlands she joined Al Jazeera in 2006. She witnessed first hand most of the major news events in Asia: the fall of president Soeharto in 1998, the violent aftermath of the referendum for independence in East Timor, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, the protests against Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama and major natural disasters in Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and numerous religious and ethnic conflicts. She covered stories in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea.

She made several documentaries for 101 East: Indonesia's killing fields about anti-communist massacres in 1965, Indonesia's Rock governor about the rise of president Joko Widodo and a film for the Correspondent series: Trail of Murder, Indonesia's bloody retreat from East Timor, which was nominated Best Documentary at the Asian TV awards in Singapore. For Talk to Al Jazeera she did several interviews with Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo and Jakarta's governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama.

She published a book, Jihad with Sambal, and won an Academy Award in 2005 for her reports on the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Asia Pacific

Rohingya refugees in Indonesia trapped in limbo

As political talks continue over the Rohingya refugee crisis, pressure is increasing on surrounding countries to accept them. While many in Indonesia have shown support, Rohingya refugees have been stateless and stuck there for years.

Rohingya refugees in Indonesia trapped in limbo

Asia Pacific

Bali: Fear of volcanic eruption forces 130,000 to flee

More than 130,000 people on the Indonesian island of Bali have been forced to leave their homes over fears a rumbling volcano may erupt at any time.

Bali: Fear of volcanic eruption forces 130,000 to flee

Asia Pacific

Volcano alert hits Bali's tourism

People in the Indonesian island of Bali are spending their sixth day on the highest possible volcano alert, as Mount Agung threatens to erupt.

Volcano alert hits Bali's tourism

Asia Pacific

Villages empty out as Bali's volcano becomes active

State of natural disaster declared on Indonesian island where a volcano is expected to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

Villages empty out as Bali's volcano becomes active

Asia Pacific

Indonesian doctors train midwives to minimise birth complications

Obstetricians in Indonesia are trying to change traditional habits to save the lives of thousands of mothers and their babies. The World Health Organisation estimates that one Indonesian woman dies every hour while giving birth.

Indonesian doctors train midwives to minimise birth complications

Asia

Rohingya crisis - a threat to stability in Southeast Asia

All eyes are on the humanitarian crisis, but what impact will the Rohingya exodus have on the region as a whole?

Rohingya crisis - a threat to stability in Southeast Asia

Asia Pacific

South Korea honours 'comfort women' on Seoul buses

A South Korean bus company has angered Japan by carrying statues of so-called comfort women around the capital, Seoul.

South Korea honours 'comfort women' on Seoul buses

Asia Pacific

South Korea holds drills to prepare for potential attack by North

South Korea has held nationwide drills to prepare its emergency services and people for a facing the threat of a potential attack by neighbouring North Korea.

South Korea holds drills to prepare for potential attack by North

Asia Pacific

North Korea: US-South Korea military drills 'escalate tensions'

North Korea has threatened retaliation over joint military exercises that troops from South Korea and the US are taking part in.

North Korea: US-South Korea military drills 'escalate tensions'

Asia Pacific

Afghan asylum seekers forced to live on Jakarta's streets

Asylum seekers from Afghanistan are being forced to live on the streets of the Indonesian capital, because of a lack of humanitarian aid.

Afghan asylum seekers forced to live on Jakarta's streets

Europe

Dutch society divided on assisted suicide law

A law is proposed in the Netherlands to make it easier for elderly people to kill themselves.

Dutch society divided on assisted suicide law

Europe

Dutch earthquakes: Oil giants facing more legal action

Oil giants Shell and Exxon Mobil are facing a new legal battle with residents of a province in the Netherlands.

Dutch earthquakes: Oil giants facing more legal action