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Television category - Lower Normandy secondary school students’ prize

Alex CRAWFORD (SKY NEWS)
"La bataille de Zaouia" – Libye – from 4 to 6 march 2011

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Three times winner of the Royal Television Society (RTS) Journalist of the Year award, Alex Crawford is based in Dubai as Sky News' Special Correspondent reporting from the Gulf and the Middle East, and working in partnership with Sky’s Chief Correspondent, Stuart Ramsay, to cover Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Alex has been arrested, detained, interrogated by south Asian regimes and faced live bullets, tear-gassing, rubber bullets, IED'S, mortar shells, molotov cocktails, water cannon and lathi (bamboo) whipping - all before Sky’s Live at Five programme!

Of her three RTS wins in 2008, 2010 and 2011, judges have praised her ‘outstanding quality, depth and humanity of her reportage from Afghanistan and the Mumbai terror attack’ and 'complete mastery of the reporter’s art – tremendous enterprise, polished writing and great screen presence, together with remarkable personal courage and the ability to work under sustained pressure in dangerous places.’ 

Formerly Sky’s Asia Correspondent, Alex was responsible for covering stories in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and played a vital role, alongside Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay, in securing a Royal Television Society award for Sky News’ Pakistan Swat Valley coverage.

Alex covered the end of the twenty-five year old Sri Lankan civil war and took part in the Sky special week of reports from Afghanistan in 2009 leading up to the Presidential elections, with exclusive footage of militant groups waging war on the Allied forces.

Alex was shortlisted in 2010 for the London Press Club Broadcasting Journalist of the Year award for the second time. Following her reports on the Mumbai terror attacks from outside the Taj Hotel in November 2008, coming under fire live on air, Sky was shortlisted for a BAFTA and won the coveted international Monte Carlo Film Festival Golden Nymph award for News Coverage.

She has also reported alongside Sky colleague Stuart Ramsay, on a series of exclusives from inside Pakistan which looked at the power and influence of the Taliban. Together they reported on the struggle facing the police and military which led to both of them being blacklisted from the country.

Alex examined the debilitation of Afghanistan seven years after the Allied invasion - focusing on the plight of the people, the corruption of those in power and the desperation of young children who set themselves on fire after being sold as sex slaves. It led to her being shortlisted for the One World Media Awards Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2008.

Her reports from Afghanistan also resulted in her being jointly shortlisted with Stuart Ramsay for the Amnesty International awards for website and new media reporting.

She was joint runner-up for the Bayeux War Correspondents TV Journalist of the Year for her coverage in 2007 of Benazir Bhutto’s house arrest under emergency rule. Alex was shortlisted again in 2008 for her coverage of the persecution of Christians in India, and again in 2009 for coverage of militant fighters in Afghanistan, including exclusive access to their bomb factories and training camps. Nominated for a fourth year running, Alex was awarded second place in the 2010 Bayeux awards.

In 2010, Alex was named winner of the BBC News and Factual Award at the Sky 3D Women in Film & Television Awards where she was described as a “fiercely intrepid foreign news correspondent…unstoppable in gaining access and lifting the lid on some of the world’s most difficult issues.”

Further reports include the return to Pakistan and the death of Benazir Bhutto, the Omagh bombing, the death of the Pope, Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War.  She has also reported on India’s child slavery, an Australian woman’s journey to India for controversial stem cell treatment and heroin traffickers in Afghanistan and the Israeli-Lebanon conflict.

Alex started out at the Wokingham Times before moving to the BBC and later TV-am.  She joined Sky News at its launch in 1989.