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NPR’s Kelly McEvers Talks War Reporting With San Diego Students

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Above: "Embedded" host Kelly McEvers in an undated photo.

NPR's Kelly McEvers Talks War Reporting With San Diego Students


Kelly McEvers, host, "Embedded"


NPR’s Kelly McEvers has taken on a lot of roles in her career in public radio. Until recently, she was a regular co-host on All Things Considered, and hosts the NPR podcast “Embedded.” But it is her work as a front-line war correspondent covering the Arab Spring and Syrian conflict that will get most of the attention at Thursday’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

McEvers will be part of a panel discussing the untold stories of reporters who cover conflict and she will take questions from students who may want to follow in her footsteps. Her main advice for aspiring war reporters is to avoid taking freelance jobs in a war zone where you could be in danger without support. But she also wants students to think about why they want to risk their lives.

"Do it for the right reasons. Do it because you care and because you’re curious and you think you have something to offer the story,” McEvers said. “Don’t do it simply out of ambition.”

McEvers produced a documentary about her experiences as a war correspondent in 2013, “Diary of a Bad Year.” She said what helped her adjust to reporting back in the U.S. was the realization that there are stories here, like the opioid crisis and gun violence, that are just as important as the stories she was telling in the Middle East.

“I still like to go to hard places and there are a lot of hard places in the United States,” she said. “The thing that binds it all together is curiosity. What are you curious about?”

McEvers will be joined on the panel by KPBS Fronteras reporter Jean Guerrero, Reveal co-host Al Letson, and Iraq veteran and writer Brooke King.

McEvers joins KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday with more about her experiences covering conflict abroad and switching gears to cover President Trump on “Embedded.”

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