Episode 63 - Anna Therese Day

"If I don’t buy this $200 plane ticket and miss the Egyptian revolution I’d never forgive myself." - Anna Therese Day

Anna Therese Day is an award-winning independent reporter with her main focus being the Middle East. After graduating from college in Wisconsin she went to Israel to do a Masters degree. During her winter break she heard rumors of a revolution mounting in Egypt and jumped on a plane to see the action in person. Sure enough, she was in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring to witness the beginning of the end of tyrannical rule in Egypt. She posted some of her photos from the event online and was soon contacted by a number of media outlets to use her as a source, kickstarting her career as an independent journalist. She’s since spent an evening with ISIS fighters before ISIS was widely reported on, she and her team narrowly escaped a terrifying two-year prison sentence in Bahrain, and she’s lost colleagues to horrific murders by ISIS. Her work has been featured in a variety of big media outlets including CNN, Al Jazeera, Newsweek and many more.

We talk about the downsides of being independent, not wanting to miss a revolution, meeting ISIS before they were well known, sneaking into Syria, taking care of yourself, having contingency plans for kidnapping, the difference between charity and justice and much more.

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