Over the past three decades Charlie Bird has covered many foreign assignments and international stories, including the two Gulf Wars, the ongoing Middle East crisis, the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the aftermath of Nine/Eleven.
He was part of the RTE News team that reported on the first democratic elections in South Africa and the historic election of President Nelson Mandela. His other foreign assignments included reporting from Tibet when former President Mary Robinson in her role as United Nation’s Human Rights Commissioner visited the Capital, Lasa in 1998.
During his working career in RTE Charlie Bird has reported extensively on humanitarian stories around the world.Read more
In the early 1990’s he traveled to Mogadishu the Somali Capital with the International Committee of the Red Cross to report on the aftermath of the bloody civil war. He also covered the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and its aftermath. The other African’s countries he has reported extensively from include; Ethopia, Angola, Chad, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, and Liberia.
Charlie Bird was one of the only Irish Journalists to cover the release of the hostage Brian Keenan in Beirut in 1990.
Disaster and Emergency Reporting.
In his career Charlie Bird has had a long association with many of the Irish Aid Organisations and has done many talks for the agencies here at home.
He has reported widely from all of the famine stricken areas in Africa.
He also covered the plight of the Kurds in the aftermath of the first Gulf war.
Charlie Bird has reported from the major earthquakes in Turkey and Pakistan and most recently the one in Haiti in which over a quarter of a million people reportedly lost their lives.
He was one of the first Irish Journalists to reach Sri Lanka and to cover the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, which occurred on St.Stephen’s Day 2004.
He subsequently reported on the aftermath of the tsunami from the city of Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Over two hundred thousand people lost their lives in the Asian tsunami.