Daljit Dhaliwal takes over the anchor desk at Worldfocus, bringing a new perspective to international news each weeknight.
Worldfocus: How does it feel to be back at PBS and in the anchor chair of a national, nightly international news program?
Daljit Dhaliwal: It is very satisfying to return to the fold of the PBS family. Most journalists would relish the idea of working in a news environment where international events are front and center and not an afterthought of news coverage. PBS viewers are a discerning bunch who are hungry for news and context about the rest of the world, and it’s a privilege to be a part of a team that does that each weeknight.
Worldfocus: Why should international news coverage matter to the American public right now?
Daljit Dhaliwal: The global economic crisis; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But specific stories aside, I think it’s important for Americans to be engaged because of America’s global influence and power.
Worldfocus: Why did you decide to pursue a career in journalism?
Daljit Dhaliwal: I grew up in the U.K., where public service broadcasting has a strong tradition, and so I think being exposed early on to solid news and current affairs programs made me curious about what was happening out there. After university, I was lucky enough to be accepted onto a BBC training course that then gave me solid building blocks for my career.
Worldfocus: You’ve interviewed dozens of international newsmakers, but if you could pick a few, who would they be?
Daljit Dhaliwal: Osama Bin Laden, President Obama, Nelson Mandela, Bono, Vladimir Putin.
Worldfocus: Where was the most interesting location you traveled recently for a story?
Daljit Dhaliwal: I was in the Baltics not long ago reporting for Worldfocus, and while it’s not a global hotspot area, it was certainly refreshing to bring stories from these places and put them on our newscast. I can’t remember the last time I saw pieces from Estonia and Lithuania on a nightly newscast.
Watch: Daljit Dhaliwal reports from Estonia on the country’s role in the war in Afghanistan.
Worldfocus: What would you do in life if you were not doing journalism?
Daljit Dhaliwal: One of the great thing about journalism is that it allows me to indulge my love of travel when I’m on assignment. So I would certainly travel more.