Friday, March 14, 2003

Kevin Sites. I remember spotting him on CNN one day and thinking that he was InfoHunks-worthy. Blogger currently highlights Site's site, where he began posting written and audio accounts from the Middle East earlier this week, as a blog of note.

His Bio page has photos. Make sure you're sitting down if you decide to view them. It's not often that InfoHunks can direct readers to that much news guy skin (in a t-shirt too!), and I wouldn't want you to feel like I didn't warn you. The page also links to this LA Times article about Sites and another foreign correspondent.
Arnot and Sites are not just foreign correspondents. They are what is known in the trade as one-man bands -- or what Sites calls "sojos" (solo journalists).
Update: CNN asked Sites to suspend his blogging.

Sunday, March 09, 2003

Gideon goes to the Gulf. After completing war reporter boot camp at a base in Quantico, Virginia Gideon Yago traveled to Kuwait where he snapped photos, interviewed youth and chronicled his stay in diary format.



Here's an excerpt from his coverage.
If I could draw one analogy between Kuwait City and any place, it would be Kuwait City and Vice City -- as in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City." My producer Megan gives me a lot of crap for the number of times I bring this up in any given day but she's never played the game and it's god's honest truth if I've ever uttered one. The sweet beachfront property and the rough ghettos, the sports boats and helicopters, palms and jet skis, huge artillery and pop radio stations. They're even roughly the same size...

Kuwait City is dominated by portraits of its shiek, Jaber Al-Sabah...His royal palace is about three times the size of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and it makes Puffy's crib in the Hamptons look like my dilapidated Lower East Side apartment.
"Diary of Gideon in Kuwait" airs 10 p.m. Monday on MTV.

More photos of him here, where he was featured as one of Teen magazine's hottest stars under 25. Don't miss the "Don't squeeze the Gideon" shot.