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Catherine Field

Catherine Field is an award winning journalist whose expertise covers radio, television and print media.  Catherine has lived in France since 1999. Prior to that she was based in Hong Kong, where she was China Correspondent for The Observer newspaper. From 1986 until 1993 she was the Berlin correspondent for The Observer. 

Catherine was awarded a silver medal at the New York International Festival of Radio for her reporting of the lead up to and the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall; she was runner-up in the New Zealand Canon Media Awards 2015 in the category 'best innovation in storytelling' for coverage of the anniversary of ‘The Rainbow Warrior’ attack, published in June 2015; also runner-up in the New Zealand Radio Awards 2015 in 'best coverage of a news story' for 'The Paris Attacks,' 13 November 2105.

She began her career with the BBC in London; firstly with BBC World Service news and then BBC-2 TV current affairs 'Newsnight' programme. She covered the handover of Hong Kong, fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. She has travelled on numerous occasions to North Korea, Burma, Tibet and Albania. She is a frequent contributor to French, Canadian and American television.

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Religion usually makes news in France when the state invokes its stern policy of “laïcité.” Catherine Field visits a French high school on the outskirts of a Paris suburb notorious for its mediocre education and crime-scarred housing estates. At a time when religious extremism is creating global problems, the high school is keen to highlight the advantages that come when church and state come together in an understanding that is reasonable and clearly defined.


Catherine Field opens a special broadcast 'Breakfast in Paris' and talks of the mood of the nation and its difficult road ahead in the aftermath of the 13 November attacks in Paris and at the Stade de France national sports stadium.


Ukraine crisis continues despite Minsk II ceasefire - The Ukrainian crisis has prompted many to see a return to the Cold War. Catherine Field cautions against this comparison. In the latter part of the Cold War, she says, there was predictability and dialogue. But there is little or none of that today -- and that's why the present crisis so dangerous. Here she points to the event in 1983 which changed everything: NATO exercise 'Able Archer,' which by accident and misperception almost triggered nuclear war.

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