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Journalist had a Dramatic Start

One story he worked on that did not focus on tragedy involved a unique and ‘green’ construction trend in Bali where “magnificent structures,” Seth says, “are being made out of bamboo.” What’s unique about this approach is the material used—native bamboo—is naturally sustainable. “The homes,” he says, “are sort of like fairy castles in the jungle.” This story and others Seth has worked on can be viewed at

Additional assignments have brought Seth to North Korea, too, and a week before our interview, Thailand. “We do a lot from our neck of the woods,” he says. “We’re covering all of Asia.”

In his travels around the globe as a correspondent for CBS News, Seth Doane has covered stories in South America, Africa, and beautiful Bali, Indonesia.

For the moment, Seth says his primary interest is China and trying to understand the world’s most populous nation. “China is such an exciting place to be based,” says Seth. “You could spend your whole career here to try to understand it.” So far, he has enjoyed the experience.

When his schedule allows, Seth returns to the Cape to visit family and friends; he feels passionately about the region and maintains strong ties here. “I grew up in Harwich,” he says. “I was born in Cape Cod Hospital; my dad (Paul Doane) was from Harwich.” Seth, who worked at the Mason Jar restaurant in Harwichport growing up, is also a descendant of Deacon John Doane, one of the first settlers of the Outer Cape, and for whom the Doane Rock in Eastham is named.

Seth says he tries to get back to the Cape at least once every summer. Going forward, he wants to maintain that tradition, whether it’s soaking up the Cape Cod sun on the beach, enjoying some quality time on Nantucket Sound in the family’s boat, or perhaps taking in the latest production at the Harwich Junior Theatre.

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