Ashleigh Banfield

Ashleigh Banfield is an award-winning television journalist who has traveled the globe, covering everything from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza to the crash of the Concorde in France and the Games of the 27th Olympiad in Sydney, Australia.  She won Emmy Award Recognition for her coverage of the events of 9/11 at the World Trade Center in New York City, reporting live as the buildings were literally falling.

Currently, Banfield is the co-host of a daily legal news program on TruTV (formerly Court TV) called Banfield and Ford: Courtside and the creator, co-producer and host of a prime time program called Disorder In The Court, which is the highest rated program currently on the network. Her work on TruTV has earned her a prestigious Gracie Allen Award as well as a 2007 Telly award.

SPEAKER TOPICS
ABOUT Ashleigh Banfield   (+/-)

Bold Courage in the Heart of Terror

On September 11, 2001, while working for NBC News and MSNBC, Banfield covered the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, reporting live as the buildings were literally falling. Her coverage earned her EMMY Award recognition. After eight consecutive days at Ground Zero, Banfield departed for Islamabad, Pakistan, to begin covering the War on Terror. From September 2001 to January 2004, she reported live from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, England, Israel (West Bank and Gaza), Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia.  She anchored several live primetime series from locations across the country and around the globe including A Region In Conflict and Ashleigh Banfield: On Location, earning her a National Headliner Award.

Documenting History as It Happens

As a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor on MSNBC, Banfield covered stories including the crash of the Concorde on location in France, the 2000 Election, traveling with the Bush/Cheney Campaign, the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and the 2003 crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia.  Her most noted interviews include Yasser Arafat under siege in his compound, Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minster Tariq Aziz, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade Masked Terrorists, and Saudi Prince Al Faisal.  In addition, Banfield has interviewed several prominent U.S. government leaders including past Presidents, First Ladies and senators as well as many celebrities.

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SPEAKER TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS    (+/-)

Not Your Father's Newscast

Broadcast news in the 21st century and how the electronic world has changed the news you consume.

Take My Hat, Please

Female war correspondents and the hurdles they face working in Islamic Republic: Trying to see the truth from beneath a Burka.

Be Reasonable

Court cases in the 21st Century: Does anyone really know what "Reasonable Doubt" is anymore and do jurors expect a trial to look like an episode of CSI? 

Mommy and Me

Blackberries, overtime, and the 3 hour commute:  How today's working mothers are coping in a workforce where demands are multiplying.

War and Peace and Getting in Between

Covering the War on Terror without protection from either side--  unilateral reporting versus embedded coverage.

It's Getting Louder in Here!

Why success in cable news depends on opinion, anger or VOLUME.  And why caveat emptor applies now-- more than ever -- for those watching at home!

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