Brian Calvert

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Professional Experience

Brian Calvert is a security correspondent and travel writer based in Southeast Asia. He has lived in Cambodia and China, reported from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, and has, with his prior military service and history of military reporting, sharp insights into the impact of war.


Copy Editor
4 Years
11 Years
11 Years


10 Years
10 Years
War & Conflicts
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
4 Years
Association publication
1 Year
Newspaper - Local/Regional
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

11 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Voice of America (10+), World Politics Review (3-5), Foreign Policy Passport (1-2), Weekend America (1-2), Esquire (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Wall Street Journal Asia (1-2), The National, Abu Dhabi (1-2)

Other Work History

Daily reporter at newspaper in Cambodia (4 years). Magazine writer for monthly in China (1.5 years).

Technical Skills

Radio producing/editing (Dalet, Audacity), digital photography, multimedia (Soundslides)

Foreign Language Skills

Survival Khmer, Vietnamese, Chinese.

Computer Skills

Word, Quark XPress, OS , Dalet, Audacity, Final Cut Pro


iBook, Nikon D2H, audio field kit



The story of demobilized Afghan freedom fighters who wished to be mountain guides.
A closer look at the changing operations of Sri Lanka's separatists in Cambodia.
A six-part series examining the failed diplomatic efforts of the US mission in Cambodia in the year prior to its fall to the Khmer Rouge.
Third in a series analyzing the battle for Sri Lanka's information environment.
First in a series analyzing the battle for Sri Lanka's information environment.
A look at how Cambodia’s Cham Muslims, who lived in obscurity for centuries and were nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge, are benefitting from renewed interest by Gulf states, the US and militant Islamists.
Second in a series analyzing the battle for Sri Lanka's information environment.
The president of the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, accused of inciting a coup in November 2000, prepares for a US federal court date.
A guest blog on the September arrest of former Khmer Rouge commander Nuon Chea in Cambodia.
A dispatch from a remote province on the Afghan-Pakistan border, highlighting the difficulties US soldiers were facing as they tried to exert control in the area.


How being embedded with my stepfather in Afghanistan smoothed a prickly relationship.
How a Wyoming gas boom has spurred sportsmen and conservationists to work together.


The Rainbow Lodge is run by Janet Newman, a 41-year-old barrister from Birmingham, England, who had tired of a career dealing with violence and abuse and decided to put her energies to another use.
Authored chapters on destinations in Vietnam and Cambodia.


How Wyoming's gas field workers blow off steam.