Al Jazeera and the Arab Spring

Kimberly Halkett, anchor and reporter for Al Jazeera, will speak at VCU’s School of Mass Communications and give an overview on the Arab Spring, the rise of Al Jazeera as well as her work on Capitol Hill in Washington. I will moderate the conversation with Halkett and facilitate questions from the audience at the event, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m., at VCU’s Monroe Park Campus in the Temple Building (lecture hall 1160).

There is a limited number of tickets available for the event. If you want to attend the event, you need to sign up for a free ticket. Admission can only be granted to those who reserved a ticket.

The following is some background information on Kimberly Halkett:

Kimberly Halkett is an anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English, a 24 hour, international news network, based in Doha, Qatar.  AJE TV broadcasts to more than 220 million households in more than 100 countries.

Since joining Al Jazeera in 2006, Kimberly has reported on breaking news from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.  Kimberly recently contributed U-S based reports and analysis to Al Jazeera’s critically acclaimed coverage of the Arab Spring protests.

Currently, Kimberly serves as the Congressional Correspondent for Al Jazeera English, tasked with explaining the partisan political wrangling and Congress’s function in dealing with economic uncertainty. She’s also reprising a role she first took on in 2008 on the U.S. campaign trail.  This year she’s spent time in bellwether states meeting Republican candidates in the race for the White House.

As a news anchor, Kimberly was the first to deliver to Al Jazeera’s viewers, news of the Haiti earthquake, broadcasting live for more than four hours, on the minute by minute developments taking place in Port au Prince.

Kimberly was also one of the first international correspondents to travel to and report on mass flooding in Guatemala in 2010.  That same year, Kimberly traveled to Tegucigalpa to cover the murders of more than a dozen journalists hunted down for their reporting.

Kimberly joined Al Jazeera English from Canada’s Global TV, where she was a correspondent for its flagship evening news show, Global National.  As a reporter for the Canadian network, Kimberly covered a range of news stories including the 2004 US Presidential election and the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Prior to that, Kimberly worked in Washington DC, as a correspondent for the Fox network program, America’s Most Wanted, traveling throughout the US and Canada, using her investigative skills to put together reports on some of North America’s most dangerous felons.

Kimberly started her reporting career in her native Canada where she caught the journalism “bug” early from watching her grandfather, Bill Halkett, a newspaper photojournalist, in their hometown of Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

When not reporting, Kimberly can be found performing around Washington, DC as part of a local country music band.  Kimberly is also a dedicated mother of three children ages, 2, 8 and 10.

UPDATE: Please see photos from the event.

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