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Shepard Smith’s Haiti Experience: ‘I Was Too Green 18 years Ago to be Working There’

SSsmith_1.15.bmpFor Fox News anchor Shepard Smith the news from Haiti this week is reminding him of a reporting trip he took to the island nation during the chaotic days of the 1993 political power struggle and refugee crisis. Smith, who was working as a reporter for Fox affiliate WSVN, conducted an interview with a man in Port-au-Prince when things turned violent.

“A gunman took my crew and me from the street, confiscated our video tape, held us for a short time and threatened to kill the Haitian man who we’d just interviewed because of his position on the Jean Bertrand Aristide government,” Smith tells TVNewser.

“It was a frightening experience for an inexperienced journalist,” he says.

While Haiti’s people are passionate, warm and resilient, its streets can be a very dangerous. I was too green 18 years ago to be working there.”

After the jump, a YouTube clip of the story on Smith as reported by Ft. Myers station WBBH…


As for returning to Haiti to report from the earthquake zone, it’s still a possibility for Smith who has been anchoring his shows from New York this week.

(Clip via InsideCableNews)

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