Ben Leung
    2013-07-19 16:25:07     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: luyuan

Ben was born in Hong Kong but grew up in London before going on to study history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Upon graduation, he became the first-ever intern at the South China Morning Post's sports desk in Hong Kong with the brief of producing the backpages of the newspaper's weekend supplement (in other words, the job that no one else wanted to do). Thereafter followed a convoluted journey which took in tipping and writing about horse racing for the UK's Press Association,travelling around Central America selling gambling software to bookmakers before moving to Cairo, Egypt in January 2010, where he remained until June 2012.

His time in Cairo coincided with some extensive travelling around the region just before the Arab Spring started, and Ben was in Tahrir Square the very first night that protests against Hosni Mubarak's rule began. Throughout the next 18 months, he went on to report on Egypt under military rule, as well as covering the war in Libya and the general election in Turkey for CRI, Hong Kong's RTHK and BBC Radio. More recently, he reported on the US Presidential election from Virginia and Colorado and shook hands with both Presidents Clinton and Obama but was most disappointed by how soft Obama's hand felt.

Ben has travelled to over 60 countries worldwide with his favourites being Iran, Turkey and Japan. He lists seeing Makybe Diva winning her first Melbourne Cup in the flesh, a chance meeting with Finnish president Tarja Halonen in Croatia, observing the Sabbath at the Western Wall and travelling overland from Beirut to London as some of the highlights of his travels.

In his spare time, he collects post boxes, fridge magnets, number plates, national anthems and world leaders' posters.

 

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