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Published February 22, 2011, 05:45 PM

Grand Forks Native's Cairo Documentary Work Featured on PBS Show

A Grand Forks native went to Egypt on a scholarship program, but found herself reporting on a revolution. Tuesday night, 26-year-old Rachel Anderson's work can be seen nationally on the PBS show Frontline.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

A Grand Forks native went to Egypt on a scholarship program, and found herself reporting on a revolution.

Tuesday night, 26-year-old Rachel Anderson's work can be seen nationally on the PBS show Frontline. Anderson is still in Cairo, Egypt and didn't leave when those protests started a few weeks ago.

Anderson, a native of Grand Forks and former intern at WDAZ, said she wanted to stay to report on the revolution and has since been capturing images in Cairo.

"It's a lot calmer than it was before, but they (the protesters) are keeping it going," Anderson said.

Talking via Skype, Anderson told us about her decision to stay after the revolution started. Even with her paid internship ending, the 26-year old stayed to report.

"I knew I would be doing something amazing and interesting, I thought I would have to search it out, but it just kind of fell into my lap," Anderson said.

Anderson calls Egypt's revolt organic because it came from the people. She says more protests are planned to keep change coming.

"They use all the Facebook pages. And all the people that use Twitter everyone puts it out there. Now, because all the newspapers are back online, they help publicize it as well," Anderson said.

She is paying close attention to the protests in nearby countries like Libya that have been sparked by the revolution in Egypt.

"A lot of friends of mine are now trying to get across and trying to get media in there. That is the problem right now, there is no one that is reporting what is going on there," Anderson said.

Anderson's ambition to report on the revolution didn't go unnoticed. PBS hired her to help with a story that airs Tuesday night.

"I'm already here on the ground. I already know my way around. I knew how to make things work. So I was a field producer for the piece," Anderson said.

She says there were some scary moments and she did get a lot of emails concerned for her safety, especially after a CBS reporter was assaulted just few blocks from where she was.

"I am taking a little bit of a risk and I acknowledge that. And I'm more aware and observant so I can do my best to keep myself and those around me safe as well," Anderson said.

PBS's program Frontline: Special Report airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Prairie Public.


Segment Anderson worked on


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