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Last Updated: Monday, 13 December 2004, 14:56 GMT
Kylie Morris
Kylie Morris
BBC South East Asia correspondent

Kylie Morris is the BBC's South East Asia correspondent based in Bangkok.

Prior to this she was the BBC's Kabul correspondent.

Before working for the BBC, Kylie was a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for seven years. Her work ranged from political reporting to investigative documentary production.

In 2000, Kylie joined the BBC World Service newsroom and worked on current affairs programmes at Bush House.

She then became a field producer, travelling all over to provide support to correspondents.

In 2001, Kylie moved to Gaza City, where she became the only foreign correspondent permanently based in the territory. Together with her BBC Arabic Service colleague, Fayed Abu Shammalah, they established a BBC office there.

Between 2001 and 2002 she reported on the bombing of Yasser Arafat's presidential compound in Gaza, and numerous violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian groups, as well as the rise of militant forces like Hamas.

From 2002 to 2003, Kylie was appointed the BBC's Kabul correspondent, and covered Afghanistan's halting recovery from the war, and the Taliban.

The detention of Afghans in Guantanamo Bay was also a particular focus, and the BBC told the story of an innocent taxi driver, called Abassin Sayed, who spent nearly a year inside Guantanamo, and spoke to her on his release.

At the beginning of 2003, Kylie was embedded with British forces for the war in Iraq and was one of a number of BBC journalists who travelled with the soldiers, as they moved into the southern city of Basra.

She stayed on to record material for a radio documentary on the aftermath of the attempt to kill the southern commander, General Ali Hassan al-Majid also known as Chemical Ali.

Kylie won a UK Foreign Press Association award for best radio news programme for that story, and was a finalist at the Sony Awards 2004.

She studied for her first degree in Japanese and English Literature in Australia and in 1998 took a break from journalism to study for a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Kylie travels with a favourite compass, and a pair of kewpie dolls for good luck, and is superstitious about her microphone leads.


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