Currently VOA's Middle East correspondent based in Istanbul, Heather Murdock has been covering the Middle East and Africa since she began working as a foreign journalist in 2009. She has worked in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia and covered the European refugee crisis.
Heather has also worked with The Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News, The Washington Times, CBS Evening News, CNN, PRI's The World, The New Statesman, GlobalPost, Radio France International, The Daily Beast and others.
She is the author of the memoir: “Everything is Possible in Yemen: The misadventures of a first time journalist in the Middle East” and an Associated Press Managing Editors "International Perspective" award recipient for stories from Yemen for The Washington Times.
In 2017, Heather was awarded the The David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award for her coverage of the battle with the Islamic State group in Iraq for VOA.
The number of COVID-19 patients and related deaths in Egypt has more than tripled in the past month while extreme poverty grips the nation. But Egyptian leaders say because of the dire economic situation, they are slowly lifting restrictions on entertainment, education, worship and eating out.
Roughly 280,000 refugees from Africa live in Yemen, and they are among the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world. Aid organizations say during this pandemic, international resources to support them have dwindled to almost nothing. And families say they are barely surviving, choosing to potentially expose themselves to the virus rather than to starve. Heather Murdock reports from Istanbul with Naseh Shaker in Sana'a, Yemen.
Camera: Naseh Shaker Produced by: Jon Spier