Journalist had a Dramatic Start
Seth also had the opportunity to meet and work with Bobp, the organization’s founder. “Betty was a remarkable woman with such vision,” he says. “It was a thrill to work with her. I certainly saw her as a superstar and a true living legend.”
One of the junior theatre’s many benefits, Seth says, was a lot of one-on-one instruction—as well as positive feedback and encouragement. “It was just a very nurturing place,” he says. “They encouraged you to find yourself and be the best version of yourself. I can’t say enough about what the junior theatre did for me in terms of giving me a real home.”
As a student at Harwich High, Seth also got involved in the school’s TV Club at the urging of the club’s founder, Jill Mason. “She had the vision of a TV station in Harwich and started us off from scratch,” Seth says. “I doubt that I would be doing what I am today if it wasn’t for Jill.”
After high school, Seth attended the University of Southern California, and soon after graduating began working for major news outlets and reporting on important stories around the world. He has reported from Africa, India, and locations across the United States; in 2004, he won a Peabody Award for a series he put together on a humanitarian crisis in the Sudan. Working for CBS in 2010, Seth traveled to Chile to report on the 33 workers who were trapped in a mine in the Atacama Desert for 69 days—and their heroic rescue.
From his post in Beijing, Seth has covered a number of challenging and tragic stories that have occurred in Asia this past year. He reported on the November 2013 typhoon and its aftermath in the Philippines; he traveled to Kuala Lumpur to cover the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370; and in April, he was in South Korea covering the sinking of a passenger ferry and the subsequent investigation of the ship’s captain and crew. “It’s been a tough couple of months of talking to people who have lost family,” he says.
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