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Mansbridge One on One: Brian Stewart

The Story


While the world settles into the new millennium, severe flooding has ravaged Mozambique, killing hundreds and destroying precious arable land. In this March 2000 interview, CBC foreign correspondent Brian Stewart joins Peter Mansbridge to discuss the state of the African nation and how the international community can help. The award-winning reporter also addresses the ethical dilemmas of covering human suffering, by contending that a journalist's role is to "record what is actually happening." He also reveals that aid agencies rely on news reports to alert the public that their support is needed.

Medium: Television
Program: Mansbridge One on One
Broadcast Date: March 5, 2000
Guest: Brian Stewart
Interviewer: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 21:50

Did You know?


• Born in 1942, Brian Stewart began his journalism career in print media. In 1969, while working as a political columnist for the Montreal Gazette, he won a National Newspaper Award for his feature writing. • Stewart first joined the CBC in Montreal in 1971 as host of Hourglass, a suppertime television current affairs program. Two years later he moved to Ottawa to become a national reporter for the network, specializing in foreign affairs and military stories. By 1982 he was working in CBC's London bureau as a foreign correspondent.

• After leaving the CBC in 1985, Stewart worked as a Frankfurt-based correspondent for NBC. While at the American network, he covered stories in Cameroon, Sudan, Syria, Israel, Poland, Kenya and Libya. By 1987, he was back in Canada and working as a senior reporter for CBC-TV's The Journal.

• Stewart's 1984 coverage of Birhan Woldu, a three-year-old girl who successfully fought death in drought-stricken Ethiopia, caught the attention of British singer Bob Geldof. The musician featured portions of Stewart's report during 1985's Live Aid relief concert and Woldu quickly became known as the "Face of Famine" to millions of viewers around the world.

• After launching a search for Birhan Woldu in 1988, Stewart eventually reunited with the girl later that year and continued to keep in touch with her. Their story made international headlines and the two appeared on an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002.


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