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

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

Human Rights

Declassified US documents reveal details on Indonesian massacre

Survivors of one of Indonesia's bloodiest massacres are hoping declassified documents will shed new light on what exactly happened.

Declassified US documents reveal details on Indonesian massacre

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