From Pyongyang to Island Bay
Island Bay Baptist Church
284 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
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Award-winning foreign correspondent and editor of The Dominion Post, Anna Fifield, reflects on her years reporting from conflict-torn countries such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, her insights into North Korea’s dictator from her critically-acclaimed book, The Great Successor, and her take on where New Zealand journalism is heading over the next decade.
Anna’s journalism career - which began at the Rotorua Daily Post - has taken her to more than 20 countries covering events including the first nuclear test by North Korea in 2006, the disputed Iranian presidential election of 2009, and the 2012 US presidential election. Her first book The Great Successor, published in 2019, chronicles the rise and rule of Kim Jong Un through interviews with just about everyone outside North Korea who has met him. Anna’s goal with this book was to show, through reporting, that Kim is not a cartoon villain or a joke, but a ruthless and strategic dictator.
After twenty-odd years reporting across Asia, the Middle East and the US, Anna returned to New Zealand in 2020 to become editor of The Dominion Post. Her mission is for New Zealand journalism to be a force for good, despite the best efforts of social media algorithms. In an online world driven by clicks, controversy and divisiveness, how can we rise above and push towards a more positive future? In her first 18 months as editor, Anna has driven initiatives to lift the quality of reporting and public debate, encouraging readers to envision a better future for Wellington and New Zealand.
Anna is an award-winning and internationally recognised journalist. She was awarded the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2013-14 and in 2018 won the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University for excellence in reporting on Asia. Together with her young son, she has enjoyed being a part of the Island Bay community since returning to New Zealand.
Read more about Anna here.