Reporter’s Notebook: A great Fox News cameraman says goodbye

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They are images that served make Fox News a existence overseas, when the channel was acquiring began back household.   

Days following Sept. 11, 2001, groundbreaking “video cellphone” transmissions from Pakistan. A few months later on, a glance inside the caves exactly where Usama bin Laden and his terrorist gang held out. And then, with the initially rank-and-file U.S. troops on the ground in southern Afghanistan. 

When the War on Terror reached Iraq, there were powerful pictures of burning vehicles, unattractive casualties, gunfire ripping, all from the “tip of the spear” of the military’s “Thunder Run” into Baghdad.     

And, as the Mideast cauldron roiled: Unrest in Gaza, upheaval in West Lender, missiles flying throughout Israeli borders. 


The gentleman driving individuals shots and many much more is U.K.-born, Australia-raised and trained, retiring Fox Information cameraman Mal James.  

With Fox Information from its early times, he labored 1st in Hong Kong, then Jerusalem and at last in London. He is a single of the best photographers close to, as nicely as a fantastic journalist and very good mate.  

We first worked alongside one another above 20 years in the past in the ethnic battlefield of Kosovo in Europe’s Balkan region. Our next trip took us to Afghanistan, the past time the Taliban was functioning things. And then, sealing our partnership: a stop by to civil war-wracked southern Sudan. 

Mal James holding his camera while on assignment.

Mal James holding his camera when on assignment.
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Mal experienced a knack of understanding exactly where to flip. Whether it was obtaining up at dawn to capture a glimpse of North Korea’s “dear chief” Kim Jong Un, or slipping by a guard to get an within search at the horror of the U.S. consulate in terror-torn Benghazi, Libya. Or, obtaining his way through treacherous checkpoints in japanese Ukraine, the very first time Russia qualified the region in 2014.  

All the although, he assisted portray the injured, the hungry, the determined. 


Mal James received the shot, no issue what – but do not consider my term from it. Question Steve Harrigan when they ended up basically “on the run” in troubled ex-Soviet Union Georgia. Or Jennifer Griffin amid the horrors of the tsunami in Thailand. Jonathan Hunt on the politically nasty streets of Hong Kong. And Benjamin Corridor, hard on the path of ISIS terrorists in Syria.  

Mal was a concise shooter. He “edited in the camera.” And when he’d have to edit on a deck, he was just one of the fastest all-around, always retaining up with the most current convert of speedy-modifying digital know-how.  

He was a purist when it came to photos. Forget about the bells and whistles, it was the shot that mattered, the real truth. 

Mal James with a child while on assignment.

Mal James with a little one though on assignment.
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Mal also knew what it took to get the shot “out.” That is, he created guaranteed the dwell transmission worked and the visuals have been despatched back to Fox Information headquarters, no issue what the situations or locale. For Mal, if no a single noticed what you did, you did not do it.  

(He did joke that his future autobiography would be entitled, “Rooftops and Parking Loads I Have Recognized,” a reference to the places he’d have to seek out to set up a stay shot.)  

Mal didn’t have much persistence for press officers whose task appeared to be to thwart push protection, or community officials who appreciated to continue to keep issues non-public.  

Mal James, right, worked for Fox News for decades.

Mal James, ideal, worked for Fox News for decades.
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Nonetheless, it wasn’t all horrible stuff for Mal. While we never got to cover the Chelsea flower show in London (a single of our tongue-in-cheek desires), there had been characteristics on anything from royalty, to daily life-preserving COVID-19 vaccines, to a extended-in the past solo excursion to a Thai island, the scene of the Leonardo DiCaprio motion picture, “The Beach front.” 

He loves his family members, his young ones, his canine, his beloved “footie” (soccer for us Yanks) and just about every episode of “The Sopranos.” 

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When all is stated and completed, Mal was excellent at getting lousy stuff on the air, from war to terror to famine to street brawls. We’re all improved knowledgeable since of it. 

Have a terrific future chapter!