Isobel Yeung is an award-winning journalist who works with VICE HBO as a correspondent. Someone who can be described as another version of Christiane Amanpour, she has worked in difficult places such as Syria and Afghanistan and has had tough interviews with dangerous individuals including a conservative lawmaker in Afganistan, Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, who threatened on air to have her nose cut off, which is a euphemism in the country for having someone raped.
Isobel Yeung Bio
It was in Salisbury, England and on 2nd November 1986 that Isobel Yeung was born to a father who migrated from China and English mother. Of English and Chinese descent, she got her education in England.
Her father left Hong Kong in the early 1980s with nothing but a dream of a better life and came to England by boat. Within a short while, he began a small Chinese restaurant which he would later run with his wife, Isobel’s mother. He worked in the restaurant at almost all hours for six days a week, to give a good life to his children and the best of education.
After she graduated from college, Yeung packed off to China without anything in mind except to travel and learn the language. While there, she took a job with a state-run media in Shanghai but later decided to quit after seeing the potentials of the country.
Yeung soon took to freelancing for publications and broadcasters having realized that Asia was being under-reported. That was where she began her style of in-depth coverage of events.
During the 2014 Hing Kong Protests, she was still in China and that gave her the opportunity to make a documentary piece for Vice, covering things that many others left out. The style of the piece won her over, making her move to New York to work full-time for Vice.
Before moving to New York, the Vice correspondent came up with programs for TV channels in Asia and the U.K and she wrote for different publications such as The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and China Morning Post.
At VICE News Tonight, Isobel Yeung has pushed many boundaries and achieved a lot of things. She was in places like DRC where she interviewed people allegedly raped by the military in the long crisis that engulfed the country and Libya where she became the first foreign correspondent in the migrant smuggling scandal to embed with coastguards and meet the migrants that were held.
More so, she has covered a lot of other global stories in different parts of the world.
She has also been a strong voice for women’s rights in places like Afganistan where legislation to stop violence against women was blocked by the parliament. It was while covering this that she interviewed the country’s member of parliament, Nazir Ahmad Hanafi who threatened that maybe he should give her to an Afgan man who would cut her nose (rape her).
For echoing the struggles of women in Afganistan and their rights issues, she won a Gracie Award in 2017 and Front Page award in 2018.
Husband, Is She Married?
Yeung does not have a husband as she has never been married. However, she is in a relationship with Iranian-British journalist and filmmaker, Benjamin Zand.
Zand has made documentaries for BBC and has travelled to some of the most dangerous places in the world to make documentaries including Kabul in Afghanistan and Caracas in Venezuela which is popular for its high rate of kidnapping. At the 2016 Royal Television Society, Zand was recognized as the Young Talent of the Year.
In 2018, Isobel and Benjamin Zand took to their Instagram to announce their relationship.
Facts About The VICE Correspondent
1. Even though neither of her parents came from a well-to-do background, just as neither of them was very educated, they instilled in her the necessity of working hard and getting educated.
2. Isobel Yeung was brought up by her parents in Southern England together with her brother and sister.
3. As she grew up, the Vice correspondent had no idea what she wanted to become, but much later, she looked up to Christiane Amanpour, and she wanted to be like her.
4. She is not a fan of many forms of social media. However, she still manages to have more than sixty-two thousand followers on Instagram and more than thirty-five thousand followers on Twitter.