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Alex Crawford

Kirsty Young interviews journalist Alex Crawford.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the Sky TV news correspondent Alex Crawford.

She's won the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year award an unprecedented four times - reporting from the world's worst war zones and hot spots.
Where most people would do anything to stay well away from trouble she seems drawn to danger , whether it's covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia, hunting for Rhino poachers in South Africa or being first on the scene as the drama of Libya's revolution unfolded.

She spent the first five years of her life in Nigeria, where her family survived two political coups. After childhood in Zambia and subsequently what was then Rhodesia, she came back to Britain as a teenager to go to boarding school and then got her first job as a trainee reporter on the Wokingham Times.

She's been shot at, arrested and interrogated. But it's a job she loves and is still passionate to do. For her, there should be no 'no-go' areas for journalists and journalism remains an essential pillar of freedom and democracy.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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33 minutes

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Fri 15 Jan 2016 09:00

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    Pata Pata

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    • Wrasse Records.
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    Jai Ho

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    • Interscope.
  • Fergie

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    • The Dutchess.
    • A&M Records.
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    • Flo Edmondson

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  • Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

    Bang Bang

    • Sweet Talker.
    • Universal / Island.
  • Beyoncé & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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    • Beyoncé.
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    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Alex Crawford
Producer Sarah Taylor

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