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Correspondents cope with ‘real stories of human anguish’

The Story

At the 2006 CBC Foreign Correspondents' Forum, an audience member asks the panellists how they deal with the "real stories of human anguish" they regularly encounter. The question evokes some powerful answers. Reporter Connie Watson admits that "sometimes you have nightmares... about what you've seen," while David McGuffin says he goes for long runs as a way to deal with emotionally overwhelming events. "I don't think any of us would be human if we weren't affected by the things we saw," adds Laura Lynch. 

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television Special
Broadcast Date: June 2, 2006
Guest(s): Nahlah Ayed, Patrick Brown, Michael Colton, Margaret Evans, Laura Lynch, David McGuffin, Alison Smith, Nick Spicer, Connie Watson
Host: Anna Maria Tremonti
Duration: 10:25

Did You know?

• "I learned… to live in mental compartments, only rarely letting my mind be possessed by the fright of battle once I was back in relative safety. The soldiers who let the horror leak through often suffered mental breakdowns. Even reporters, with our much more limited exposure, occasionally got too much, but we at least could escape into area headquarters or back to Saigon and the Continental Palace terrace bar." – Knowlton Nash on the emotional impact of covering Vietnam in his 1984 book History on the Run.



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