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The State of Media: Interview with Al Jazeera America international correspondent Sebastian Walker


Sebastian Walker cut his teeth as a reporter covering the war in Iraq. He worked as a stringer for Reuters and operated an English language newspaper with fellow young journalists. 

"It was something that was criticized by a lot of more established journalists saying that without the relative experience reporting from that kind of a situation you really shouldn't be there, that's not the kind of risk worth taking," he tells KALW's Ben Trefny.

For over a decade, Walker has reported from Iraq and Haiti, and now he works out of San Francisco on an Al Jazeera America TV program called Fault Lines. As part of our series about the changing face of news media, he shared his observations about what's different about reporting around the world today.

SEBASTIAN WALKER: But then when you look at what happened in Libya there's a whole slew of young 20-something reporters, photographers that just went out there with small cameras, smart phones, laptops and did the kind of work very established correspondents would do in the past. It's definitely changing and I think in some respect there's no going back.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview. 

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.