Four times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award, Alex Crawford is Special Correspondent for Sky News. Based in South Africa, Alex reports from 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’s name became a household one when she 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 a cigarette lighter charger.
Earlier in the year, Alex and her team were the only journalists to get inside the besieged town of Zawiyah when it was being 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.
During her career as a journalist, Alex has been arrested; detained, interrogated and faced live bullets, tear-gassing, rubber bullets, IEDs, and mortar shells.
When based in Asia, Alex was responsible for covering stories in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. 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, and she has been cited in the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards for her reports from hostile environments every year since 2007. In December 2010 she was named Woman Journalist of the Year by Women in Film and Television, and in October 2011 Alex was awarded the James Cameron Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to journalism.
This year the RTS judges said they "recognised the extraordinary achievement of not only Alex Crawford but also her team in getting unique access to the frontline in Libya – in particular capturing the first proof that Ghaddafi was attacking his own people. It was brave, vivid conflict reporting of the highest order: compelling viewing on a story of major importance.”
She is married with four children.