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

Indonesia: Calls to include disaster education at schools

Among 6,000 schools in Jakarta, only 165 have been taught how to respond in case of an emergency.

Indonesia: Calls to include disaster education at schools

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's danger zone: Construction starts over buried bodies

Despite government's instructions not to build in affected areas, construction started, and the tragedy may repeat.

Indonesia's danger zone: Construction starts over buried bodies

Asia Pacific

Indonesia: Palu struggles to rebuild three months after tsunami

People say a lack of coordination is hampering distribution of aid and relocation has been slow.

Indonesia: Palu struggles to rebuild three months after tsunami

Europe

Protests force government to transport rubbish out of Moscow

Activists say the government is legally obliged to develop clean waste management.

Protests force government to transport rubbish out of Moscow

Europe

3D printer to be sent to space for human organ trials

Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions was the first to successfully transplant a printed thyroid gland into a mouse.

3D printer to be sent to space for human organ trials

Russia

Gorbachev deplores Trump move to scrap US-Russia nuclear treaty

Russia condemns the US decision to pull out of a 30-year-old arms treaty - as does Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who signed it.

Gorbachev deplores Trump move to scrap US-Russia nuclear treaty

Asia Pacific

Jakarta's air quality a major concern ahead of Asian Games

Jakarta has undergone a big tidy up ahead of the event, but air pollution is still a big problem.

Jakarta's air quality a major concern ahead of Asian Games

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's Lombok quake: Hundreds of trapped hikers rescued

More than 500 hikers are evacuated from Mount Rinjani on Lombok island after being stranded by a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

Indonesia's Lombok quake: Hundreds of trapped hikers rescued

Indonesia

Indonesia's Lombok earthquake: Hundreds trapped on mountain

Group including 239 Thais struggling to evacuate mountain before landslides blocked them since Sunday's deadly disaster.

Indonesia's Lombok earthquake: Hundreds trapped on mountain

Thailand

Thailand: Stateless crisis highlighted after cave rescue mission

Four members of the football team rescued in Thailand are among 700,000 stateless people who lack basic rights in country.

Thailand: Stateless crisis highlighted after cave rescue mission

Press Freedom

Journalist tried for reporting on Rohingya deaths testifies

Reuters journalist Wa Lone, arrested with colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, denies breaking any laws in court.

Journalist tried for reporting on Rohingya deaths testifies

Myanmar

Reuters journalists investigating Rohingya deaths to face trial

The charges and trial of the journalists are seen as a test for press freedom in Myanmar.

Reuters journalists investigating Rohingya deaths to face trial