Emma Hurd

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Emma Hurd is the Sky News Middle East Correspondent based in Jerusalem. During 2011, she reported on the anti-Gaddafi uprising in Libya, covering the conflict from Benghazi and Tripoli.

For five years, before moving to Jerusalem, Emma was Sky News Africa Correspondent. During this time she spent weeks working undercover in Zimbabwe to report on the turmoil of the 2008 election and revealed the humanitarian crisis under Robert Mugabe’s rule.

The South African police were also forced to take action after Emma's coverage of the shocking treatment of illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe at the hands of local farmers.

Emma has reported on the post-election violence in Kenya, the crisis in Darfur, child slavery in Ghana, and the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Emma joined Sky News in 1996 and has been a foreign correspondent since October 2000 with this being her second stint in Jerusalem.

During her first posting in the Middle East, Emma reported on a period of dramatic change in the region, including the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israel’s historic withdrawal from Gaza, the election of Hamas, and the 2006 Israel/Lebanon war.

As US correspondent, Emma led Sky News’ New York coverage of the September 11 attacks.

In 2000 she was awarded a gold medal at the New York Film and Television awards for her report on the final months of Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon and she has twice been nominated as Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society.

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Articles by Emma Hurd

  1. Pistorius' Team To Highlight Police 'Errors'

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky News Correspondent, in Pretoria. The athlete's lawyers still have about a dozen witnesses to call as they try to challenge the prosecution's charge that the runner shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, deliberately. Already ...

  2. Oscar Pistorius' Tears: Genuine Or Contrived?

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky News Correspondent, in Pretoria. The debate has been raging for days in South Africa over whether his breakdowns are genuine, and for the first time the prosecution has suggested it is all an act. Gerrie ...

  3. Interrogation Pokes Holes In Pistorius Defence

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky Correspondent, in Pretoria. His account of the shooting that left his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead has already been challenged in three days of tough interrogation. This has exposed some of the weaknesses in his defence ...

  4. Pistorius: Hero Or Trigger-Happy Egotist?

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky Correspondent, in Pretoria. In his quick-fire questioning he has sought to expose the athlete as self-centred, short-tempered, gun-obsessed and eager to shirk responsibility for his actions. It is a familiar strategy in any murder trial ...

  5. Oscar Pistorius: The Virtual Judge And Jury

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Africa Correspondent. Instant verdicts are being posted every second in cyberspace and the fierce cross-examination of the athlete in the witness box has provoked the biggest reaction yet. "I can't believe they just showed that ...

  6. Oscar Pistorius To Be Grilled By 'The Pit Bull'

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Foreign Correspondent. Canine metaphors abound when it comes to the man who will lead the interrogation. Advocate Gerrie Nel is known as the "pit bull" prosecutor in South Africa, and he has bared his fangs at ...

  7. Oscar Pistorius: Key Arguments In Murder Trial

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky News Correspondent. The prosecution is trying to prove the athlete deliberately killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, while the defence argues he mistook her for an intruder when he fired his gun through a locked toilet ...

  8. Reeva Forgotten In Pistorius Courtroom Drama

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky Correspondent. Even after all of the evidence about the manner of her death, the actual sight of her bloodied corpse - shown by mistake by the prosecution - was shocking for everyone in the court, but devastating ...

  9. Pistorius Trial: Police Probe Under Scrutiny

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky Correspondent. The athlete's lawyers have produced photos which appear to show that the crime scene was not properly preserved and even marked with a footprint from an officer's shoe.  If the defence can ...

  10. Pistorius Trial: Justice System In View

    Posted by - Emma Hurd, Sky Correspondent. Alongside the stream of speculation on social media as to the athlete's guilt or innocence, there has been much comment on the rigours of being a witness.  The simple civic duty of coming ...


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