RTS Television Journalism Awards

Nima Elbagir: Winning access to the frontline

Nima Elbagir, reporting for Channel 4’s Sudan: Meet the Janjaweed in 2008 (Credit: Channel 4)

The stained linen suit, the self-draining tumbler of Scotch, the well-turned tale about cheating death on the road – my every preconception about war correspondents has just been shattered by meeting Nima Elbagir.

Although she shares all their best qualities, she is not as other foreign hacks. She doesn’t drink. She doesn’t brag. And when she flies into a war zone she packs her prayer mat.

Really? “Actually, I tend to use whatever I can find. My camping towel will generally do.”