Alex Crawford

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Alex Crawford OBE is Special Correspondent for Sky News and a four-times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award.

Alex is based in South Africa and reports across the continent and is deployed to big stories around the world. Formerly based in Sky’s Dubai bureau, Alex has reported on the Gulf and the Middle East, most recently covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya.

Alex was awarded the OBE in the Queen's, 2012, New Year honours list.

Alex was the first reporter to broadcast live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli. Arriving in the capital on the back of a truck with a rebel convoy, Alex’s reports were broadcast to the world via a manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into the truck's cigarette lighter socket.

Alex and her team were the only journalists to get inside the besieged town of Zawiyah when it was attacked by pro-Gaddafi forces. It was this report that was credited with largely being responsible for the UN agreement to a no-fly zone over Libya.

Following her reports on the Mumbai terror attacks from outside the Taj Hotel in November 2008, coming under fire live on air, Sky News was shortlisted for a Bafta and won the coveted international Golden Nymph award for News Coverage.

Her work has been recognised by the Foreign Press Association in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has been cited in the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards for her reports from hostile environments every year since 2007.

Alex is married and has four children.

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Articles by Alex Crawford

  1. Pistorius' Family Hopeful Over Outcome

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, In Pretoria. The athlete's uncle, Arnold, turned to reporters and, describing the two lawyers' performances, said: "It's a Mercedes versus a Fiat." I asked: "Has Barry Roux done enough?" Mr Pistorius answered ...

  2. Pistorius Tired At Pivotal Moment In Trial

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, in Pretoria. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel spent much of the day arguing that the Paralympian was not only a deceitful witness but had tailored his evidence using "well calculated and rehearsed emotional outbursts to deflect ...

  3. The 'Heroes' Fighting Africa's Deadly Virus

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, In Liberia. :: The District Health Officer  Philip F Azumah conducts daily emergency meetings of about a dozen key local professionals from the backyard of his house in the centre of Foya, desperately trying to ...

  4. Africa Battles To Stop Deadly Spread Of Ebola

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, In Liberia. The porous borders between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has meant the disease is not being contained and now risks spreading even further. Health workers at the epicentre, where the borders of ...

  5. Staying Safe Inside Liberia's Ebola Zone

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, in Liberia. With these twin priorities in mind, cameraman Dave Rees and I set off for the north of Liberia. We were going to the epicentre of the world's most serious outbreak of ...

  6. Africa 'Must Unite' To Stop Boko Haram Spread

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, in Cameroon. Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck, the country's defence ministry spokesman, told Sky News the militant Islamic sect could only be stopped by the combined efforts of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, as ...

  7. Boko Haram Threat Spreads Into Cameroon

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, in Cameroon. We saw abandoned villages and burned-out schools inside Cameroon, despite the presence of hundreds of troops including some of the country's top soldiers from the elite rapid response unit Battalion D ...

  8. Boko Haram Threat Spreading Across West Africa

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent, in Cameroon. We saw abandoned villages and burned out schools inside Cameroon, despite the presence of hundreds of troops including some of the country's top soldiers from the elite rapid response unit, Battalion ...

  9. Girls Escaped Just After Boko Haram Attack

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent. A local education official had disclosed to reporters that the four had now been accounted for, but declined to give details of their cases. It has now emerged that the girls' parents did not ...

  10. Nigerian Troops 'Cannot Take On Terrorists'

    Posted by - Alex Crawford, Sky Special Correspondent, in Nigeria. He spoke to us on condition of anonymity: "If my superiors know I have spoken to you, I will be jailed and tortured." But he described an army which is haemorrhaging ...

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