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Traveling in Japan, WCPO’s Hagit Limor Provides Eyewitness Account of Earthquake Devastation

WCPO reporter Hagit Limor was one of only a handful of American journalists to experience the earthquake in Japan first-hand last week, as she was traveling through the country on a trip for the Society of Professional Journalists.

Limor, who is the president of SPJ, was in Okinawa when the earthquake hit and the resulting tsunami rocked much of the country. Limor had just left Tokyo that morning to travel to the city of Naha, fortuitously escaping the region hardest hit by the tsunami.

Limor tells TVSpy that she began reporting for WCPO beginning just four hours after the earthquake hit. Since then, she has been reporting via Skype and providing TV, web, and print coverage for WCPO’s entire station group as well as the Scripps Howard News Service. Read more

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Covering Nuclear Threat in Japan, Veteran WABC Reporter Calls Conditions ‘Extremely Complicated’

“I have always been willing to take risks to cover major events, but the risks here are extremely complicated to manage,” WABC reporter N.J. Burkett said recently about his experience covering the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

Burkett, along with photographer Mike Thorne, has traveled to Japan and is finding that conditions there are among the most difficult that he has encountered in his 25-year career, which has included coverage of the 9/11 attacks as well as the aftermath of last year’s earthquake in Haiti.

“I’d sooner take my chances with incoming missiles and suicide bombers,” Burkett told the Daily News.

The current threat of nuclear meltdown has made covering the news in Japan especially difficult. Read more

Seattle’s KIRO Sends Crew to Japan to Cover Aftermath of Earthquake

KIRO morning anchor Chris Egert, along with photographer Tom Matsuzawa, travelled to Japan on Friday to cover the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Egert and Matsuzawa had been in Japan for only a few hours on Saturday when they experienced first-hand the instability of the land. Spending time with a host family, Egert and Matsuzawa braced themselves as an aftershock rumbled through the country (video here).

“In the big grand scheme of things, that aftershock was considered fairly minimal, but it was quite frightening nonetheless,” Egert told KIRO’s Michelle Millman over the phone.

Egert and Matsuzawa have been using equipment at CNN’s Tokyo bureau to feed video to KIRO while also providing live reports via phone. Over the weekend, Egert reported on a Seattle woman who was stranded in Japan (video here) and he will continue his coverage this week.