Females journalists have always found themselves confined to the so called ‘happy-go-merry’ journalistic works and rarely enjoyed the golden opportunity to explore fields, which outside the ambit of desk reporting. It may be because our fairer sex is often considered weaker by their male counterparts. We all know journalism is rather a patriarchal profession. However, amidst all kinds of hardships and obstacles, some brave female journalists broke the ice and demonstrated exceptional courage in reporting from war fields, in the avatar of a war journalist. Here are top 7 female war journalists known for their exceptional courage.
Barkha Dutt is presently working as group editor with NDTV and first shot in prominence for her detailed reportage of the Kargil War in the year 1999. She has been bestowed with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of India and many other prestigious awards since then. Although, Barkha even covered conflicts in Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, she is better known for her in depth coverage of the Kargil war that was fought between India and Pakistan. Her interview with the late Captain Vikram Batra provided her real impetus to take up journalism as a serious career.
Katie Adie has been a prolific war reporter throughout her life. She earned global acclaim while covering the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. This was the place where hundreds of students, who had assembled there to protest against unjust government, conducted a peaceful protest right in the centre of Beijing, the capital city of China.
Lindsey Hilsum is the international editor of channel 4 and has been deputed on various news reporting assignments on war fronts in different parts of the world. She has covered several conflicts in the past two decades, which include wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Israeli-Palestinian war. She also reported uprisings in Egypt and Bahrain. She holds an age old connection with = war fronts as she worked as an aid worker before taking on the role of a mainstream journalist.
Sky News’ star war correspondent Alex Crawford has been always identified with her bold and brave reporting ways especially at war fronts. The visuals showing her reporting live on the rebel invasion of Tripoli, standing aboard an open truck, heading towards the main city can be easily accessed on You Tube. She was also the first TV journalist to report from inside Gaddafi’s compound, after it was taken over by rebel forces. She has won several awards for her various daring feats on the war front.
Orla Guerin is an Irish correspondent who is presently working for BBC and based in Islamabad. She has also spent a good amount of time reporting from Africa and Middle East. You can easily locate her on the videos on YouTube reporting from Misrata, with a loaded battle tank ready to bombard the enemy’s territory. In 2002, she was awarded the Broadcaster of the year award from the London Press Club.
One of the most popular reporters from Al Jazeera, Orla Guerin has been in the thick of action in many wars during her war news reporting career. She mainly covers the Arab world, but also reports from war ridden areas of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She won the ‘Achievement of the Year Award’ for her Fall of Tripoli news coverage.
It was the legendary female war journalist Martha Gelhorn who broke the shackles for others (women) in her profession for the first time, some 80 years ago. She is known to be a journalist who reported on just about every major world conflict in her 60 years long career. She completely changed the field of war reporting both for male and female reporters; the prize for accomplishing high quality journalism has been named after her as Martha Gelhorn Prize. The London Daily Telegraph ranked her as the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.