Luke Hunt

Published on Jan 1, 2008 by Luke Hunt

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Luke Hunt is a correspondent who writes, photographs and produces television packages out of Southeast Asia. Much of his work is divided between The Diplomat, Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Voice of America. He has also freelanced for The Economist, The New York Times, The Times of London and The Age in Melbourne, among many others.

He began his career in journalism in the early 1980s after traveling through what was then some of the world’s trouble-spots, including Northern Ireland and the south of Morocco. Hunt initially worked for AAP and then Agence France-Presse where he served as bureau chief in Afghanistan and Cambodia and later as Deputy Economics Editor for Asia.

Additionally, he has covered conflicts in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kashmir and currently focuses on  Southeast Asia and regional trouble spots like Burma and the Southern Philippines. In 1999, he was commended by the UN special envoy Lahkdar Brahimi for the ‘best and most insightful” coverage of the Afghan civil war. Four years later he was the first journalist to cross the Diyala River into Baghdad with the US Marines. Hunt has featured in several documentaries including the the ‘Journos’ series produced for SBS Australia and he narrated the short film Flicker ‘n Fadewhich debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Hunt has won several awards, including; Amnesty International, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA). He is a Professor with Pannasastra University in Cambodia.


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