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Kevin Sites

As one of the world’s most respected war correspondents, Kevin Sites (MSJ89) spent years covering global war and disaster for several national networks. Sites helped pioneer solo journalism, working completely alone, traveling and reporting without a crew. He carries a backpack of portable digital technology to shoot, write, edit and transmit multimedia reports from around the world.

Now, Sites is taking his first-hand reporting experience into the classroom as a faculty member at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches video storytelling.

As Yahoo!’s first news correspondent, Sites covered every major conflict in the world from 2005 to 2006. Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone reported stories that often were under-covered or overlooked by mainstream media for Yahoo!’s global audience of 400 million users. In response, the Los Angeles Press Club awarded Sites the esteemed 2006 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism and Forbes Magazine listed him as one of 2007’s Web Celeb 25, “the biggest, brightest and most influential people on the web today.” Hot Zone’s site was designated by Time Magazine as one of 2006’s 50 Coolest Websites on the Internet. Sites was inducted into Medill's Hall of Achievement in 2008.

Sites’s first book, "In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars," shares intimate accounts of his journeys throughout 2005 and 2006, ultimately revealing war’s human face and cost. His controversial and award-winning war blog,, revolutionized the genre as one of the first blogs that combined text, digital images and audio to provide readers with an intimate, behind-the-lines look at the war in Iraq and its coverage by mainstream media.

Sites’s career spans cable and network news as well as print journalism. As a producer for NBC News, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the Kosovo war and was nominated for a national Emmy Award for contributions to a series on landmines. He has produced shows such as NBC’s "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" and ABC's "This Week with David Brinkley." Sites has published numerous articles in newspapers and magazines, including Popular Science, BlackBook and The New Times, among others.