In December 2003, Alphonso Van Marsh (MSJ94) exclusively broke the story of Saddam Hussein’s discovery and capture. Reporting solo, Marsh shot his own video of the unfolding story from Hussein's hometown in Iraq.
Marsh will share his experience reporting on Hussein’s capture and other lessons learned working for more than 12 years as an international network correspondent for CNN and beyond at a lecture on Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum.
"My Medill training as a ‘one man band’ reporter, applied as a CNN video correspondent in Tikrit, Iraq, resulted in a National Headliner Award and solidified CNN’s place as a pioneer of digital journalism," Marsh said. "That ‘big break’ fueled my overseas journalism career."
Marsh spent most of his years at CNN reporting out of the Middle East and Africa and has been based at bureaus in Cairo, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Atlanta and London. Along with being a part of CNN's National Headliner Award win in 2004, he has been recognized individually with dozens of other awards, including a CINE Golden Eagle award for documentary field producing, a National Association of Black Journalists award for editing and a New York Association of Black Journalists “Trailblazer Award” for his body of work.
After CNN, he continued to report, freelancing for outlets such as PBS Frontline and NBC News in the Middle East. He also worked as a recruiter and trainer, teaching writers, producers and editors on how to create daily video news packages for Reuters. Most recently, Marsh lived for more than a year in the Philippines, where he was in charge of documentaries, videos, apps and other multimedia, as well as the broadcast studios, for Asian Development Bank, a 67-country financial institution tasked with reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific region.