The relationship between reporters and fixers is central to how “foreign correspondence” is practiced. Fixers do everything from organizing logistics to reporting on the front-lines of major stories — often without credit, and sometimes in harm’s way. This panel discussion will explore the complex relationship between journalists and fixers. Panelist Deborah Cambell will discuss A Disappearance in Damascus, a real-life telling of the disappearance of her fixer. Peter Klein will be presenting the findings of the largest survey of fixers and foreign correspondents ever conducted. And we’ll hear from journalists who have used fixers and worked as fixers all over the world.

The event will be live-streamed on the Global Reporting Centre’s Facebook page for those who can’t attend in person.


Sheila Coronel Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia Journalism School


Deborah Campbell author of A Disappearance in Damascus

Peter Klein founder of the Global Reporting Centre

Isma’il Kushkush, CJS ‘16 freelance journalist, formerly based in Sudan

Echo Wang Jing, CJS ‘18 former fixer based in Shanghai for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung