Kevin Sites has spent the past decade reporting on global war and disaster for ABC, NBC, CNN, and Yahoo! News. In 2005, he became Yahoo!’s first correspondent and covered every major conflict in the world in a single year for his website, “Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone.”
The project helped inspire the use of “backpack journalism” as tool for immersive reporting. He is the author of two books for Harper Perennial, "In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars" (2007) and "The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done, Or Failed To Do in War" (2013).
He is also a recipient of several major awards, including The Edward R. Murrow Award and The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. In 2010 he was chosen as a Harvard University Nieman Journalism Fellow and in 2012 was selected for an Ochberg Fellowship at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
He earned a Masters Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School. He is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.
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.
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