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.

Indonesia

Indonesia: Measles, chickenpox kill dozens of children

Church leaders in the remote Indonesian province of Papua are saying that the number of children that have died from measles, malnutrition and chickenpox is higher than the official number reported by the government.

Indonesia: Measles, chickenpox kill dozens of children

Indonesia

Indonesia admits slow response to Papua's health crisis

The health crisis comes as a blow to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who had promised to bring welfare to the Papuans.

Indonesia admits slow response to Papua's health crisis

Indonesia

Indonesia Stock Exchange floor collapses, many injured

At least 75 people were taken to hospital in Jakarta, but police say none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Indonesia Stock Exchange floor collapses, many injured

Asia Pacific

Indonesia modern art museum challenges intolerance

Indonesian modern art has been gaining acclaim abroad, but the new museum's administrators hope to show off to a domestic audience.

Indonesia modern art museum challenges intolerance

Environment

Bali volcano: Evacuees eager to return despite eruption danger

Two months after the eruption, Indonesian villagers around Mount Agung are anxious to return home and resume their lives, but the government worries there is still a danger of another eruption.

Bali volcano: Evacuees eager to return despite eruption danger

Indonesia

Struggle to coax many to leave Bali volcano danger zone

Scientists and community leaders are warning those who live near the Mount Agung volcano in Bali not to underestimate the dangers of a potential eruption.

Struggle to coax many to leave Bali volcano danger zone

Asia Pacific

Thousands living near Bali volcano refuse to evacuate

Thousands of villagers living in the danger zone are refusing to seek refuge in emergency centres.

Thousands living near Bali volcano refuse to evacuate

China

China: Day care center accused of abusing toddlers

Police in China are investigating reports that toddlers at a child care center in Beijing were sexually abused, drugged and molested.

China: Day care center accused of abusing toddlers

Environment

China drives consumers to electric cars

Half the electric cars sold worldwide last year were in China, but the Chinese government is hoping to make that number even greater in an effort to combat air pollution and climate change.

China drives consumers to electric cars

Asia Pacific

Singles Day shopping spree smashes record in China

The world's biggest online shopping spree Singles Day has opened in China and it's already breaking records.

Singles Day shopping spree smashes record in China

Climate SOS

Indonesia: Rising sea levels threaten villages

Almost 42 million homes in Indonesia's coastal areas are under threat by rising sea levels.

Indonesia: Rising sea levels threaten villages

Human Rights

Indonesia makes arrests over deadly factory fire

Union leaders in Indonesia are calling for the resignation of a government minister after the latest factory fire claimed at least 47 lives.

Indonesia makes arrests over deadly factory fire