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Scribes Get Choked Up During Haiti Coverage

Haiti’s earthquake coverage is bringing an element of reporting that many reporters and correspondents don’t usually have to cope with — breaking down in tears on air.

Fox News’s Steve Harrigan (who the network often sends to war zones) got choked up during Shepard Smith’s show; Smith took over and explained how hard these things are for journalists to cover. Watch the video below.

An excerpt of Smith’s on-air remarks:
“If you’ve ever been to a horrible disaster, if you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to do so, it’s often that sense that people elsewhere cannot have that brings you back to that place. For instance, New York, 9/11 – it had a smell; it was metallic, it was fuel, it had its own thing and you’d never forget it. New Orleans had its own thing, similarly. Haiti is going to be, for everybody who covered it and everybody who lived through it, the smell of death and it will not go away for weeks or months or years because you see the process of excavating – it’s very slow.”

In another example, NPR’s Jason Beaubien had to pause to choke back tears during his recent live report from Haiti today.

While describing a little girl covered in bandages laying on a table, he stopped for a few seconds, caught his breath, and seemed disoriented, his voice cracking, and breathed deeply before finishing his report.

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NPR Changes

From NPR:

  • Guy Raz will be the new Defense Correspondent. He joins Tom Bowman covering the Pentagon and the military. Guy is a great story teller and a very resourceful reporter. He’s really made his mark on the beat since stepping in in December. Guy brings tremendous international experience to the position, having reported for NPR and CNN from more than 40 countries. He’s been embedded with the military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

  • Jason Beaubien will be the new Midwest Correspondent, based in Kansas City. Jason joins us from the Foreign Desk after a distinguished reporting stint in Africa. He’s a great writer and will bring a new reporting perspective to the Midwest. Jason started his reporting career at KQED, before moving to WBUR. He is currently on a fellowship at the University of Michigan, and will take up his new job in early summer.

  • Andrea Seabrook has been promoted to Congressional Correspondent. Andrea has blossomed as a reporter since moving to the Hill in 2003.