Fox Business Network’s Cheryl Casone, a veteran who’s been at CNN, CBS, and NBC News, has a rare opportunity this week to report from Syria.
Casone is traveling with a group of American investors through the Middle East for a series called “Opportunity: Investing in the Middle East” starting in Damascus, then heading to Ramallah, the West Bank, and eventually Jerusalem, where she’ll be reporting from the FOX bureau Wed-Fri. It’s the first time a business network has broadcast live from Syria and the first time in two years that any American network has broadcast live from there.
Over the weekend, Casone corresponded with us about her experiences reporting from the region:
Are there any specific challenges to broadcasting from Syria?
Besides the time it took to get the government to give me permission to enter the country with a crew, I think the challenge now is communication. Our Blackberries are only partially working and there is a seven-hour time difference so keeping in touch with New York as we coordinate our broadcast has been tough. Because the people here are not used to seeing an American news crew, we have constant monitors and escorts, something I’m not used to. But thanks to them I’m not writing this from a Syrian jail!