Arthur Kent

Recognized for his reporting of the 1991 Gulf War, Arthur Kent is a Canadian journalist, author and documentary filmmaker who has specialized in international affairs reporting throughout his 35-year career. His documentary Afghanistan: Captives of the Warlords was broadcast in the United States by PBS three months prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and was extensively re-telecast after 9/11. The program won the New York Festivals’
Gold WorldMedal and a CINE Golden Eagle.

Currently, Arthur Kent is documenting the international effort in Afghanistan by way of streaming video reports and articles at www.skyreporter.com.

Arthur Kent‘s experience in Southwest Asia led to an invitation to give evidence before the Manley Review of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan. The panel’s final recommendations reflect a number of his key concerns, and Arthur Kent is recognized as one of the panel’s Domain and Subject Matter Experts.

In 1989, Arthur Kent won back-to-back Emmy Awards for his role in NBC’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square massacre and the Romanian uprising. His film A View of Bosnia for BBC and CBC in 1993 featured rare battlefield sequences of Serb Chetnik irregulars. A Wedding in Basra (PBS, 1998) and Back to Basra: After Saddam (The History Channel, 2003) provide a unique before-and-after look at life under the former Iraqi regime.

Arthur Kent was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and grew up in Calgary. After one year at the University of Calgary, he studied journalism and history at Carleton University in Ottawa, graduating in 1975 with first class honors. In 1977, Arthur Kent was named Alberta correspondent for The National, CBC’s principal evening newscast. He left the network to pursue his own projects in 1979, traveling overseas in the early 1980s as an independent reporter and photographer.

In 1986, he began reporting jointly to the CBC, NBC News and The Observer newspaper of London. This arrangement continued through the watershed news years of 1988 and 1989, when Arthur Kent reported his way from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the former Soviet Union and China. In autumn 1989, he joined NBC as the network’s Rome Correspondent.

During the 1991 Gulf War, Arthur Kent reported the first-ever live coverage of missile vs. anti-missile warfare. One year later, he was forced into a legal battle with NBC management over the intrusion of entertainment values into news. Arthur Kent won a record settlement from NBC, and the right to publish the evidence in his book Risk and Redemption: Surviving the Network News Wars.

Arthur Kent went on to set up his own London-based production company, Fast Forward Films, and from 1993 to 1995 hosted the CBC’s respected documentary series, MAN ALIVE. From 1998 through 2003, he was host of both History Undercover and History’s Mysteries on A&E’s The History Channel.

Arthur Kent‘s independent documentary productions include the cinematic short subjects A View of Bosnia (1993) and Home in Alberta (2005); and on television: Return to Afghanistan (CBC, 1995); A Wedding in Basra (PBS, 1998); The Ace: The Johannes Steinhoff Story (The History Channel, 1999); The Black Legion: Terror in the Heartland (The History Channel, 2000); America’s Lost Bombs: The True Story of Broken Arrows (The History Channel, 2001); Afghanistan: Legacy of War (The History Channel, 2001); and Back to Basra: After Saddam (The History Channel, 2003).

Arthur Kent is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and Britain’s National Union of Journalists, and of PEN Canada and the Writer’s Union of Canada. He was a founding director of the Military Reporters and Editors of America, and co-founder of TVNewscan, a research project of The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, which is assessing television news coverage of the Iraq war. Arthur Kent contributed the preface to News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and Its Threat to Democracy, edited by Elliot Cohen.