David Rogers has more than 30 years’ reporting experience, mostly as a Reuters correspondent. He has been media training for nine years.
David has covered a huge range of stories – covering politics, wars, business and general news – from the Middle East, China, Africa and the UK. David was in China during the final stages of the Cultural Revolution, witnessed the unrest that helped bring an end to South Africa’s apartheid system and has reported Middle East conflicts from both the Arab and Israeli sides.
He has interviewed a host of well-known subjects, among them political and business leaders, guerrilla chiefs, pop stars and footballers.
“Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had never sounded more confident when I interviewed him during the final days of Ramadan, the Moslem month of fasting, in 1981. The setting was dramatic – a villa in the Sinai Desert valley beneath the ancient monastery of St Catherine – and I had been flown in by the Egyptians to receive ‘an important announcement.’ But there was none. Instead Sadat, who probably wanted to show his increasingly vocal Islamic opponents he was fasting like a simple, devout Moslem, reminisced of his past peace-making achievements. Just weeks later the Islamic militants struck. I was watching when they gunned down Sadat as he took the salute at a military parade.”