Clarissa Ward, Author of On All Fronts
In this episode of Talks at GS, CNN’s Clarissa Ward discusses her memoir On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist and her experience as an international war correspondent reporting from hot zones around the world including Iraq and Syria.
On reporting from war zones: “My job is to illuminate the problem, to tell the story, to bear witness, to keep a record and to give a voice to people who might not have one.”
On advice to prospective journalists: “This is a career that you have to want with every fiber of your being. If you're kind of on the fence about it, it's not going to happen for you. You have to feel huge amounts of passion and drive to do this job. It comes with enormous privilege. You get to have a front row seat to history, but there are a lot of sacrifices along the way as well, whether that's on your personal life, whether that's if you go into conflict reporting and some of the very difficult things you'll have to deal with there. I think there has never been a more important time to become a journalist.”