Humanity and the Foreign Correspondent

The 2021 Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture was be delivered by Nima Elbagir, CNN’s Senior International Correspondent, now based in London.

Elbagir’s lecture – Humanity and the Foreign Correspondent – was a virtual event hosted by Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. The event was be moderated by Nahlah Ayed, host of the CBC-Radio program Ideas.

Elbagir joined CNN in February 2011 as a reporter in the network’s Johannesburg bureau, before later moving to Nairobi. Africa has been the focus of her reporting for CNN and Elbagir has been at forefront of nearly every major news story from the continent in the past three years.

At immense personal risk, she reported on the Ebola outbreak which has ravaged West Africa, going inside Liberia’s quarantine zones and exploring the devastation the disease had wrought. Elbagir was also the first international journalist to report from Chibok, the northern Nigerian village from which over 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. She also led CNN’s coverage on the spiralling violence which engulfed the Central African Republic, travelling with the French troops as they worked to broker peace between entrenched Muslim and Christian fighters.

Before joining CNN, Sudanese-born Elbagir worked in various capacities for the UK’s Channel 4. She began her journalism career as a stringer with Reuters in 2002, reporting from Sudan, and was one of the first to provide footage from inside Darfur.

Elbagir’s lecture was both informative and moving. Watch the full event below.