Conflict Journalist Kevin Sites Gives Keynote

Ann Marie Park
International Education, 308.865.8944

Conflict journalist Kevin Sites will screen his world acclaimed documentary “A World in Conflict” at 8 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room 3.

Sites is giving the 8 p.m. keynote addresses Monday and Tuesday (March 9 and 10) as part of the UNK World Affairs Conference. On Monday, he will screen the documentary which highlights a year of Sites’ travel in war torn regions of the world to gather footage of global conflict first-hand. On Tuesday, he will speak about his world travels. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

To create the documentary, Sites reported from every major global conflict in one year in an effort to understand the costs of a world perpetually at war. The documentary contains searing, never-before-seen images of combat and its lingering impact on society. Coverage begins with the anarchy of Somalia in September 2005 and culminates with the explosive war between Israel and Hezbollah in the summer of 2006.

Along the way, Sites introduces the perpetrators and the victims of those conflicts, armies and insurgents, child soldiers and child brides, tales of heartless degradation and inspiring resilience. “A World of Conflict” puts a human face on war ultimately imploring the audience, as global citizens, to assume greater responsibility by becoming more aware.

His past assignments have taken him to nearly every region of the world, including the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

He helped pioneer solo journalism, working completely alone, traveling and reporting without a crew. As a solo journalist, Sites carries a backpack of portable digital technology to shoot, write edit and transmit multimedia reports.

His work has earned him the Payne Award for ethics in journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award. He has been nominated for an Emmy. Wired magazine named Sites as the recipient of the RAVE Award–the first ever for blogging. Sites has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.