WASHINGTON, D.C.—Since the deadly explosion in Bangkok yesterday, many news outlets around the world have relied on reports from VOA’s Steve Herman, Barry Newhouse, and Zinlat Aung, who were among the first on the scene after the deadly blast hit the Erawan Shrine.Southeast Asia Correspondent Herman broke the news of the explosion, broadcasting the aftermath live on Periscope. His on the scene reporting prompted many phone calls to VOA’s Washington News Center from around the world requesting both VOA’s footage and interviews with Herman and Newhouse. Media outlets including BBC, ABC News, USA Today, CNN, KTLA, Mashable, Los Angeles Post-Examiner and many more have cited VOA’s reporting in their coverage of the Bangkok bombing. AP and Reuters distributed Voice of America’s on scene video to their clients across the globe. Interviews provided by Herman and Newhouse were featured on BBC Radio channels and programs, New Zealand Radio, W Radio Colombia, BBC World Service TV, CTV, Channels TV as well as other international and local networks. Herman appeared in a television package on NBC Nightly News and his reporting was featured prominently on the CBS Evening News.
Steve Herman, VOA’s Southeast Asia Correspondent and cameraman Zinlat Aung were one of the first news teams on the scene to report on the explosion that hit the Erawan Shrine near the commercial Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok 7:00 pm local time Monday. They were quickly joined at the site by VOA Asia Coverage Editor Barry Newhouse.