Kim Vinnell is a New Zealand born journalist who has spent the past seven years reporting from East and West Africa, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. Her experience has given her a multi-cultural understanding and the ability to cut to the heart of the story, regardless of location. Kim joined Al Jazeera English in 2012, and has reported for the network from Iraq, Ukraine, the UK, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Latvia, Scotland, Bosnia, Serbia and Israel. Before joining AJE Kim was a correspondent based in Tanzania, and a reporter/anchor for New Zealand's main broadcaster, TVNZ.
As a Correspondent for Al Jazeera English, based first in London and now in Doha, I am deployed globally to cover the world's biggest news stories. I have had a particular focus on Eastern Europe, and covered the Ukraine crisis extensively. I pitch and deliver agenda setting stories, and mobilise on breaking stories with speed and authority.
Based in Tanzania but covering both East and West Africa, I filed for various international broadcasters. I covered the recovery of Naivasha following post-election violence in Kenya, feature stories for long-format TV in Tanzania, food security in Niger, and the beginning of the French military intervention in Mali.
Starting out as an Assignment Desk Co-ordinator in the capital Wellington, I progressed to become a senior correspondent at TVNZ. I was sent to file internationally, Filing for 20/20 in Kenya, news features from Australia and a business series from the U.S. I provided live hits for all bulletins, filed for online and social media, and helped TVNZ to win best news at the National Media Awards for three years in a row.
BA major: English + Film
Completed HEFAT certificate in Jan 2014