Arwa Damon on MidEast reporting

CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon was interviewed Wednesday by The Wrap about the award she received on Tuesday.

A piece from The Wrap’s story is below…

Damon was honored at the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards on Tuesday. And she told the crowd on Wednesday why she continued to risk her life.

“It’s not so much the risk to my life, it’s the risk to my crews’ lives,” she said. “I don’t want anyone to die because I decided to go out and tell this story.” The correspondent explained that thanks to digital technology, people can now film themselves and upload to YouTube or she can also conduct Skype interviews to avoid putting further lives in danger.

She also noted that as a female correspondent she occupies a grey space in Middle Eastern culture.

“The men don’t know quite how to handle you. Every once in a while you have to wear a headscarf,” Damon explained, adding that she can move between groups of both genders and is sometimes invited to the men’s coffee circles, but also allowed to speak with women who wouldn’t otherwise open up to a male journalist.

Watch Arwa’s entire conversation with the editor-in-chief of The Wrap below.

(H/t Johnny Dollar)

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