Saša Petricic

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CBC videojournalist Saša Petricic on assignment in Antarctica, March 2007

Saša Petricic [1][2] is an award-winning Serbian Canadian journalist. He is currently the Asia Correspondent and videojournalist for CBC Television's The National and other CBC News programs, based in Beijing, China. He previously spent four years covering the Middle East.

Education[edit]

Petricic attended high school in Toronto, at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. He went on to earn a journalism degree with combined honours in Soviet and East European Studies from Carleton University. He also studied at Hope College in Michigan and at the University of Quebec.

Career[edit]

From 1993 to 2001, Petricic covered federal politics, elections and political issues from the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. During that time, he contributed various stories and features to BBC News and CNN. He subsequently covered major events and issues from every continent as a CBC correspondent and videojournalist. In 2006, Petricic was the first CBC reporter to file stories from Antarctica. He covered the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and genocide in Rwanda, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. and Canada's mission in Afghanistan for CBC News.

Petricic has also taught television journalism at the National University of Rwanda, through the non-profit Rwanda Initiative,[3] and conducted courses in documentary-making at the Canadian Screen Training Centre [4] and through the London-based organization Raindance.[5] He is a trainer for videojournalists at the CBC.

Petricic has won numerous awards for his work. In 2014, his war coverage of the Syrian conflict from Aleppo and around Syria won Canada's top TV journalism award, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Reportage.[6] Petricic also won the 1999 Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2005 Canadian Radio and Television News Directors' Association Award for his work in Rwanda, for a story profiling Canadian Doctor James Orbinski.[7] In August 2008, Petricic received a Gemini Nomination for Best News Feature for his documentary on activities by Christian missionaries in Thailand after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.[8]

On June 12, 2013, Petricic was arrested by Turkish forces during the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey while photographing a municipal cleanup crew clearing barricades near Taksim Square in Istanbul. He was released a few hours later.[9][10]

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