Pakistani reporter brings global perspective to Evansville

Aug 27, 2014

The Evansville Courier and Press gained a war correspondent – but just for a short time.

Pakistani journalist Kashif Khalid has been visiting for the past two weeks to observe how American newsrooms cover communities of various sizes.

Khalid met with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., during his stay in Evansville. Khalid's visit was coordinated by the International Center for Journalists, a State Department-funded initiative that aims to promote a free press worldwide.
Credit Kashif Khalid

WNIN’s Cass Herrington and the Courier's crime reporter Richart Gootee sat down with Khalid to hear how he plans to bring lessons learned in Evansville to elevate the status of journalism in Karachi.

Khalid reports on terrorism and militant extremists, but says he wishes he didn't have to.

"I don't want to see these incidents at all," Khalid said. "I want to wake up in the morning relaxed, go to the office, do my story and come back home. I don't want to see dead bodies."

Militant political groups kidnapped and tortured Khalid on two separate occasions. Despite the risks, he said,  he will continue to do his "duty" and help train the next generation of reporters in Pakistan.

You can follow Khalid on Twitter @kashif_sarmad.