I’m traveling through Pakistan with nine other journalists from various news organizations in the United States. The International Center for Journalists is sponsoring this trip as part of its three-year program to expose journalists from both countries to each others’ newsrooms and foster better understanding between the two countries.
Here are the people in the group: Bob Gabordi from the Tallahassee Democrat, Gregory Victor from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Joe Little with 10 News in San Diego, Nancy San Martin with the Miami Herald, Odette Yousef from WBEZ in Chicago, Richard Gootee from the Evansville Courier & Press, Mark Seibel from McClatchy News, Stephen Magagnini from the Sacramento Bee, and Babar Taimoor from the International Center for Journalists.
We arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan Wednesday night after a grueling 48 hour trip rife with delays and cancelations. Our welcome was very warm. Some of the first things I noticed were the fabulous buses and trucks. They’re ornate, fantastically decorated individual items. Some advertise businesses, others are entrepreneurial buses, others appear to be mere fanciful embellishments. They are delightful bits of whimsy.