Bridge City News spoke with an independent journalist in Ukraine to hear what they are seeing and experiencing. BCN’s Jeanette Rocher chatted with Christelle Neant, a French National who’s been living in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine covering the civil conflict in the area for the last six years, including this more recent conflict. She says westerners are not getting the whole story from national and international news outlets. In fact, she says some of the atrocities are being carried out by Ukrainians on other Ukrainians.
Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends.