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Alan Fisher (broadcast journalist)

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Residence  Washington, DC
Role  Broadcaster
Name  Alan Fisher

Website  alanfisher.tv
Years active  1983–present
Home town  Motherwell
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Occupation  TV presenter and journalist
Employer  Al Jazeera English, GMTV, Scottish Television, Moray Firth Radio
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Alan Fisher is a Scottish broadcast journalist and war correspondent.

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For many years he worked at GMTV, but now works for international news channel Al Jazeera English, where he is a Senior Correspondent at the broadcast centre in Washington DC.

Early life & education

Fisher was born in Motherwell in Scotland and attended Dalziel High School.

He studied journalism at what was then Napier College in Edinburgh. He graduated with an M.A. from the University of Leicester, where he wrote his thesis on the work of war correspondents.

Career

Fisher began his career working for his local newspaper Motherwell Times. His first job was at Moray Firth Radio in 1983. And then North Sound Radio before he moved to what was then Grampian TV (now STV North) and then Scottish TV before moving to GMTV, where he worked for 13 years. In 2005 he joined Al Jazeera. He worked at both GMTV and Al Jazeera while they were launching new services. He joined GMTV in 1992. GMTV was launched in January 1993. While at GMTV, Fisher was a TV reporter in Belfast for three years, senior news correspondent based in London for four and chief correspondent for six years. Al Jazeera English was launched in 2006.

Journalism Highlights

Alan Fisher reported from Iraq during the 2003 invasion for GMTV. While at GMTV, he also covered the Irish ceasefire agreements in 1994, the Dunblane school massacre in 1996, the Indian earthquake in 2001, and the 2005 London bombings on 7/7. Fisher interviewed Irish President Mary Robinson in 1993. He said the death of Princess Diana was the biggest news event he covered while at GMTV.

While based in the United States, Fisher covered Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012. He anchored Al Jazeera's coverage from the Republican Convention in Tampa and co-anchored coverage of the three presidential and one vice-president debate. He also featured heavily in the station's coverage of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. He wrote the book Romney's Run following the election with all profits going to journalism charities.

He has interviewed Bill and Melinda Gates for the "Talk to Al Jazeera" series.

Advocacy

As a reporter for GMTV, Alan Fisher intervened on behalf of dual US-British citizen Kenny Richey who was on death row in the United States. Fisher contacted actress Susan Sarandon, provided her with GMTV reports, and issued an authorised statement on her behalf. Fisher acted on Richey's behalf one year after interviewing him in prison. He is a former director and trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland

Awards

Alan Fisher was nominated for story of the year by the Foreign Press Association for his Al Jazeera piece called "Russian Advance from Gori to Tblisi", which was written while covering the Russia–Georgia war. In that story, he followed a Russian military convoy to Tblisi. His reports were also part of the International News Emmy nominations Al Jazeera English received for its coverage in Georgia and during the Israeli offensive in Gaza. He was a significant part of the team which covered the Egyptian Revolution for which the channel won a prestigious Peabody Award. A Patron of the Young UK programme, which aims to develop the mind and broaden the horizons of young people under the age of 30, he was awarded the Inveramsay Medal in recognition of his efforts

In popular culture

Alan Fisher made a guest appearance as a journalist on the ITV program Bad Girls in 2005.

He wrote a chapter for the academic and journalism book Mirage in the Desert: Reporting the Arab Spring covering the use of social media and its application for Al Jazeera's award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. This article was later cited by prominent academic Stuart Allan in his book "Citizen Witnessing: Key Concepts in Journalism". He has also written and spoken about the growing use of social media by journalists.

Fisher was mentioned in the book "An English Fan Abroad" for his performance in a football match between English and German supporters at Euro 2000 after he scored two goals for the England side.

A popular speaker and chair of conferences, he has spoken extensively on the role of journalists and breaking news coverage in a crisis. He has been involved in a number of events to mark Press Freedom Day. And his contribution to the ICTD Conference in Atlanta was described by one of the organisers as a "brilliant tour de force" He has also chaired events at the famous Edinburgh Television Festival, including a debate entitled "TV War: What is it Good For".

He has spoken and lectured at the London School of Economics Summer School and at a number of universities across the world.

A keen runner, he completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC and Virginia in October 2014.

Selected works

Russia-Georgia war
  • Alan Fisher, "Reporter's diary: Assault on Gori," Al Jazeera, 12 August 2008.
  • "Russian army 'heading for Tbilisi'," Al Jazeera, 13 August 2008.
  • "Russian forces sink Georgian ships," Al Jazeera, 14 August 2008.
  • Alan Fisher, "Reporter's diary: A town on edge," Al Jazeera, 15 August 2008.
  • Alan Fisher, "Reporter's diary: Gori awakens," Al Jazeera, 18 August 2008.
  • References

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