Anita Powell

Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: http://

Professional Experience

I'm a South Africa-based American journalist with 10 years' experience as a daily reporter and photographer. I'm currently an editor for the Associated Press. I've covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, been the AP's lone correspondent in Ethiopia and covered conflict and general news in other parts of Africa and the world. I'm interested in covering stories in Africa that the big guys often miss because they're too complicated, too time-consuming or too targeted. I'm happy to travel and take the time to report a compelling story. As an editor, I'm also well-aware of the value of time pegs and topical stories. Aside from the above areas of expertise, my interests include food writing, fashion and design and my favorite sport: boxing. (By the way: in that photo, that's me front left, conferring with my television colleague before interviewing Muammar Gaddhafi. He's in the middle, in sunglasses.)


3 Years
5 Years
10 Years


10 Years
5 Years
War & Conflicts
5 Years


Newspaper - National
2 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
3 Years
Wire Service
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Other Work History

I've been a staffer all of my career, starting with the Austin American-Statesman in Texas, moving to Stars and Stripes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then to the Associated Press in Africa.

Technical Skills

Photo editing on Photoshop; familiarity with wire services' technology.

Foreign Language Skills

Spanish and French

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Adobe programs, Mac OS and Windows XP.


Laptop, DSLR Nikon, audio recorder.

Work Permits & Visas

US and Australian passports; South African visa; eligible for Indian nationality and British passport.


South Asian Journalists Association, Military Reporters and Editors