Jon Stephenson

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Jon Stephenson is an Auckland-based investigative journalist and foreign correspondent, with extensive experience reporting conflict and trauma. In addition to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, Jon has reported on the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, and from Gaza, East Timor, and Zimbabwe, as well as on natural disasters such as the 2004 Asia-Pacific tsunami, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province.

A graduate of the University of Auckland in history and philosophy, Jon has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre. He was a 2008 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, is a trustee of the Bruce Jesson Foundation, and is a Research Associate at the Auckland University of Technology's Pacific Media Centre.