Profile on Matthew Chance
Clearly Chance has had some remarkable experiences over the past eight months but the most abiding memory he still carries is of the events of September 11.‘I've camped in the dust on the Afghan frontlines for months, been shelled by the Taliban and walked into Kabul with the Northern Alliance. Still, the defining moment for me is the same as it is for everybody else. We'll probably all remember where we were on September 11 2001. I was in a cab to the airport off to cover the news.’
Some of the events Chance has covered since working for CNN include the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the refugee crisis in Kosovo. Initially Chance said he was led to journalism by ‘A sense of powerlessness in the world, and of disengagement. I grew up in a very small town, in the middle of England. I've always wanted to experience the world, and to perhaps, in some small way, to try and make a difference. I'm not naive enough to believe what I do accomplishes that. But it's what drives me still.’
Between 1996 and 2001, Chance was a freelance correspondent, a period that saw him cover Chechnya, East Timor, the Balkans, and the Middle East, some of the world’s most heated trouble spots. Chance explains how it’s not easy to detach himself from the danger and concentrate on the job.
‘Sometimes, when you are surrounded by violence or human tragedy, it is hard not to shed a tear or to lose your nerve. It's difficult to understand, but impartiality can be a refuge. I just try and remember my professional responsibility to get the facts across and keep my head down.’
CNN’s pioneering use of the latest broadcast technology has meant that reporting from the frontlines has changed. ‘Equipment like the videophone - which can transmit television pictures from a telephone - has revolutionised frontline newsgathering. We can now do live television from places where we previously could not. That, of course brings us new pressures. Gone are the days when the only satellite dish was back in the safety of the hotel. We're now out there, all of the time.’
When Chance is not on the frontlines or out in the field, he returns to London to spend time with friends and family, ‘eating, cooking and reading books. I don't go in for skydiving or anything like that. I get enough adrenalin at work, thanks!’
from CNN Media Info