Emma Hurd: Biography and Images

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Emma is Sky’s Africa correspondent, before this she was based in Jersulam and before that Washington DC.

She reported from Manhattan on the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Centre bombings on September 11 before travelling back to Washington to cover the diplomatic and miltary developments in America’s War on Terrorism.

She then made the 10,000 mile journey to Pakistan to cover the political unrest and mounting refugee crisis resulting from the US-led air strikes in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Emma joined Sky in 1996 and her work has taken her to trouble spots around the world; To central america to report on the El Salvador earthquake and the devastation caused by hurricane Mitch, to Kosovo and Macedonia to cover the War and the plight of the Kosovar Albanian refugees, and to the Galapagos Islands to report on the oil spill which threatened the unique ecosystem.

Emma was awarded a coveted Gold Medal at the 2000 New York Television festival for an exclusive report on Southern Lebanon. She gained unprecedented access to the Israeli forces inside the (then) occupied zone at a time when such soldiers were being killed at a rate of 2 a week by Hezbollah guerillas.

In 1998 Emma found herself being tear gassed live on air as she reported on football violence during the World Cup in France. She managed to carry on broadcasting for 25 minutes in a report which later won her a nomination for the Royal Television Society’s Young Journalist of the Year.

Before joining Sky Emma spent five years working for the BBC in local radio and regional television.

She has a degree in Law and Government from the London School of Economics.