Global National launches new foreign bureaus - Five Canadian reporters appointed international correspondents in London, Beijing, New Delhi and Jerusalem



    
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    VANCOUVER, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Global National announced today the
appointment of five veteran Canadian correspondents to its new international
bureaus launching in London, Beijing, New Delhi and Jerusalem.
    A solid team of Global National reporters will move overseas to keep
Canadians better informed about our world. The roster includes Tara Nelson as
London bureau chief and Stuart Greer as foreign editor reporting from London,
U.K.; Lauren McNabb in Jerusalem; Jas Johal in New Delhi, India; and
Ben O'Hara-Byrne in Beijing, China.
    "These bureaus will take Global National's signature storytelling to the
world, providing a fresh, Canadian perspective on the major global issues that
impact our country," said Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President of News and Current
Affairs for Canwest Media Inc. "We are particularly proud that we are able to
fill all five of these high-profile positions with existing Global reporters.
It is proof that Global News has become the place to be for the best Canadian
journalists to tell the stories they want to tell, and viewers want to hear."
    Filing stories for both Global National and Global News affiliates across
the country, the foreign correspondents will also contribute to Global
Television's groundbreaking new weekly current affairs series, 16:9. In
addition, they will also file print articles for Canwest News Service on a
regular basis. These international roles begin in September 2008, starting
with reports from the London bureau with Tara Nelson.

    About Global National:

    Global National with Kevin Newman offers Canadians an early evening
national news alternative with a distinctive voice and approach to the day's
top stories. (www.globalnational.com) The multiple award-winning half-hour
newscast was recently voted Best Newscast by the Radio and Television News
Directors Association of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television (Gemini Awards). Global National is broadcast live seven days a
week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) with news bureaus and
correspondents in every major city in Canada; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.;
Beijing, China; New Delhi, India and Jerusalem, Israel.

    
    Global National Foreign Correspondent Bios:

    Tara Nelson
    London, UK Bureau Chief
    

    Tara Nelson is Global National's London Bureau Chief based in London,
U.K. covering major stories throughout the European region. Most recently,
Tara led Global National's weekend newscasts as anchor and B.C. correspondent
since its inaugural broadcast in 2001, delivering breaking news stories to
Canadians including the Air France crash at Pearson airport in 2005 and the
Robert Pickton murder trial verdict in December 2007.
    Tara is originally from Sherwood Park, Alberta and is a graduate of the
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She began her broadcast journalism
career in 1991 in Terrace, B.C. and moved to Red Deer briefly before landing a
position at Global Edmonton, where she both anchored and reported,
specializing in consumer/investigative stories, before joining Global
National.
    Since then Tara has travelled to Los Angeles and New York for coverage of
9/11, both on the day and five years later. She covered the Columbia shuttle
explosion in Texas in 2003 and has traveled to San Diego twice to cover
particularly dramatic wildfire seasons. She was in both Ireland and Scotland
documenting the aftermath of the fire that ravaged Canadian Forces submarine
HMCS Chicoutimi, and spent three weeks in Torino, Italy covering Canada's
performance at the 2006 Olympic Games.

    
    Stuart Greer
    London, UK Foreign Editor
    

    Stuart Greer takes on the new role of London Foreign Editor after
spending the last five years as Global National's freelance video-journalist
for Europe.
    Based in London since 2003, he's covered major international stories
throughout the continent - from riots on the streets of Paris to terrorist
bombings on London's transit system. Most recently Stuart was on the
frontlines in Georgia reporting on the developing crisis there with Russia.
    Born and raised in Montreal, Stuart is a graduate of McGill University
with a BA in Film & Communications. He started his professional career as a
radio reporter for CHOM-FM covering the 1995 Quebec referendum.
    After a brief period at CJAD radio, Stuart joined Global Quebec in 1997
as National Assembly bureau chief where he followed the provincial political
scene in Quebec City. He also hosted a weekly political panel.
    Since moving to London, Stuart has also worked freelance for CBS News,
BBC Radio and Sky News.

    
    Jas Johal
    South Asia Correspondent
    

    Jas Johal began his journalism career as a producer and reporter at
Vancouver news radio station CKNW, followed by 11 years as a senior reporter
at BCTV News (now known as Global BC) covering stories as diverse as the
Gustafsen Lake standoff, the 2003 Okanagan forest fires, the APEC summit, and
federal and provincial elections. His favourite topics of interest include
organized crime and politics.
    Since joining Global National in 2005, Jas has reported from Afghanistan
three times, as well as covered events in Pakistan after the assassination of
former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Jas has also followed several high
profile court cases including the Air India bombing, the trial and sentencing
of millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, and that of accused serial killer
Robert Pickton. He has traveled to Lebanon to report on ceasefire conditions
and reported from Israel after the takeover of Gaza by Hamas.
    Jas is a past recipient of the RTNDA, Can-Pro, and Canadian Association
of Broadcasters Awards. In 2001, Jas was recipient of the Jack Webster Award
for best feature after producing and hosting "India: Giant on the Move," a
national hour-long special that looked at the impact of economic
liberalization in India and its repercussions on the west. In 2005, Jas
produced and narrated a national documentary titled, "Road to Bollywood,"
which followed young South Asians pursuing stardom in India's movie capital.
In 2008, Jas was chosen by the Vancouver Sun as one of the 100 most
influential Indo-Canadians in British Columbia. He also sits on Simon Fraser
University's advisory council on India.

    
    Ben O'Hara-Byrne
    Beijing, China Correspondent
    

    Ben O'Hara-Byrne is an award-winning, dedicated, accomplished journalist
and has been with Global News since 2003, reporting from his beloved hometown
of Montreal and Toronto before moving to Ottawa for Global National.
    Ben has covered politics and foreign affairs from the viewpoint of
everyday Canadians, breaking down complex issues and making sense of
government policies for viewers. He has reported on-location in Afghanistan
twice, covered Conrad Black's lengthy trial and guilty verdict (of which he
won a network RTNDA award for best spot news coverage), the 7-7 London
bombings, the most recent Canadian federal election and several G8 meetings.
    Ben has reported for CBC and CTV throughout his career, and made his mark
covering breaking events like the WTO riots in Seattle and the blackout in New
York City.
    His stellar journalism has won him several awards including the RTNDA and
the Edward R. Murrow awards. His work also garnered him a Gemini nomination
for best reportage on his coverage on the Dawson College shootings.

    
    Lauren McNaab
    Middle East Correspondent
    

    Lauren joined Global National from Global Winnipeg in 2003 as their
Manitoba correspondent before moving to the Toronto bureau in 2005. Born and
raised in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Lauren is a Carleton University graduate.
    Lauren's aggressive reporting style enables her to dig deeper into issues
and provide Canadians with exclusive behind-the-scenes stories no one else
can. In 2008, she and her camera operator risked their lives to become the
only North American journalists to travel into the restricted Myanmar/Burma
region to report first hand on the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. She
has also reported from Afghanistan twice covering the Canadian military's
efforts in the war-torn region. Lauren has also reported on the aftermath of
several disasters in 2005: New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Pakistan
after the devastating earthquake and Sri Lanka after the disastrous tsunami.
    Prior to joining Global National, she spent six months in Zimbabwe,
Africa, writing for a local magazine, before moving back to Manitoba in 2000.





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