Today I got an email from Hanson Hosein who I had approached, with help from OUC's Media Relations guy Allan Coyle, to be the keynote for PWRCUP. So he's now confirmed, which is excellent.
He will be by far the best speaker I've ever seen at a regional conference. His biography is below.
Hanson Hosein is an award-winning television journalist, and an independent videographer and writer. He and his wife own and operate HRH Media out of Kelowna (www.hrhmedia.com).
Hanson has worked mainly in war zones around the world. His most recent assignment was in Iraq, where he covered the U.S. handover of power for this summer for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. He also reported live for Kevin Newman's Global National as well as for CBC Newsworld.
In 2003, Hanson served as an NBC correspondent in the Middle East. During that time he was embedded with the U.S. Navy during the war with Iraq. He then covered the aftermath of the war from Beirut, Damascus, Amman and Jerusalem.
He was NBC News' Middle East Producer and Internet correspondent, based in Tel Aviv from 1997 to 2001. Among other stories, he covered the Palestinian uprising there, as well as the 1999 Turkey earthquake and the death of King Hussein of Jordan, the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. In 1999, he won Emmy and Overseas Press Club Awards for his contribution to NBC's coverage of NATO's intervention in Kosovo. Prior to that, he was a producer for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw for three years in New York City.
After Hanson left NBC in 2001, he joined the Canadian public broadcaster CBC News as a correspondent and video journalist. This is where he learned how to practice solo television journalism with the latest in digital technology, armed with a camcorder, laptop video editing system, and a high speed Internet connection.
He has also written articles for MSNBC.com, The Jerusalem Report, and closer to home, publications such as The Kelowna Courier and Off-Centre magazine. And after working in many of the world's hot spots, he covered the Okanagan Mountain Park fires for NBC last year, right around the corner from his own house. He is presently working on "War Zone Yoga" - a guide to dealing with stress under fire
Hanson was educated as a lawyer at the University of Paris and McGill University. He's also a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.