Former CNN and NBC News correspondent Martin Savidge took the BlogTalkRadio airwaves last night with a special report on Kashmir, that long-disputed South Asian region controlled by India, Pakistan and China – which, in the wake of the November 26 Mumbai terrorist attacks, has once again become a political hot button.
But it wasn’t in any “former” capacity that Martin examined this smoldering issue with a panel of experts including Ohio University cultural anthropologist Haley Duschinski, Languages of Belonging: Islam, Regional Identity and the Making of Kashmir author Chitralekha Zutshi, and one-time Ambassador of Pakistan Azmat Hassan.
It was as anchor of Worldfocus.
Sporting a team of seasoned journalists and production professionals, the new PBS weeknight news program taps the resources of reporters throughout the globe.
“A lot of news organizations have been cutting back because it is very expensive to go out there and cover stories around the world,” says Martin, who in 2000 won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on the Elián González custody battle between Cuba and the U.S.
“At Worldfocus, we’re going the opposite way. We’re growing; we’re expanding. We’re doing that by reaching out to our partners, of which we have many all around the world. That’s something you won’t find on the other networks.”
In the coming weeks, Martin will be bringing more world-focused reports to BlogTalkRadio. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you liked his Kashmir special, feel free to email his producer, Steve Puschel, and let them both know, “I want my Worldfocus!”
Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
To hear Worldfocus on BlogTalkRadio, click here.