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Alexandra Christine Crawford

(1962-04-15) 15 April 1962 (age 61)
Surrey, England
Nationality British
Occupation Foreign correspondent
Employer Sky News
Spouse(s) Richard Edmondson
Children 4

Alexandra Christine Crawford, OBE (born 15 April 1962) is a British journalist who currently works as a Special Correspondent for Sky News based in Turkey.


Crawford was born in Surrey in 1962 to an English-Chinese mother and a Scottish father. She was brought up in Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe and educated at Cobham Hall School in Kent.

Crawford first worked in journalism at the Wokingham Times, completing a National Council for the Training of Journalists newspaper course in Newcastle while working there.

She subsequently worked for the BBC and for TV-am before joining Sky News when it was launched in 1989. She began working as a foreign correspondent for Sky News in 2005. Crawford has reported on the Gulf, the Middle East, the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya and more recently the Russo-Ukrainian War.

She has been named Journalist of the Year on five occasions by the Royal Television Society and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcast journalism. Her work has been recognized by the Foreign Press Association in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has also been cited by the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards for her reports from hostile environments for every year since 2007.

Coverage of the Libyan Civil War

Crawford covered the 2011 Libyan Civil War. She was widely praised for her live on-scene reporting of the Battle of Tripoli. She was the first TV journalist to enter Libya with the rebels. She travelled with a rebel convoy into the heart of Tripoli, shooting direct live footage of the rebel advances, which reached Green Square with little resistance from pro-Gaddafi forces. She wore a helmet and bulletproof vest, stating that she did not feel in any danger, but wore them as a precaution against celebratory gunfire. She also covered the raid of Bab al-Azizia live from outside the compound, and was one of the first journalists to go inside once the raid was over.

Coverage of the Northern Mali conflict

Crawford was active in covering the Northern Mali conflict from 15 January 2013 until the end of French military operations. Her Sky News team was the first to enter Timbuktu after it was liberated by French forces.

Coverage of the Syrian Civil War

In April 2019, amid the Dawn of Idlib military operation, Crawford and her media team, including Sky producer Martin Vowles and two civilian activists came under fire from Syrian government forces in the contested village of Hbit in the northern Idlib Governorate. Crawford said, "we were spotted by a military drone and then repeatedly shot at with what we believe were 125mm shells probably fired from a T-72 Russian battle tank". Bilal Abdul Kareem, an activist from New York, who had been acting as Crawford's guide was injured in the shelling by shrapnel and taken to Khan Shaykhun for medical treatment.

Coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Crawford currently covers the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, having begun 5 March 2022. On 9 March Alex Crawford interviewed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in English, discussing the current state of the conflict.

Personal life

Crawford lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her husband, sports journalist Richard Edmondson, and four children.

See also

  • War correspondent
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