As the State Department works to get American citizens out of Libya, more western TV journalists are going in. And because flying is not a safe option, most reporters are entering Libya by car from the Eastern border with Egypt.
NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reported on “Nightly News” last night and again this morning on “Today” from the port city of Tobruk, about 75 miles west of the Egyptian border — one of the Eastern areas that has abandoned the rule of Moammar Gadhafi.
ABC News has correspondents on either side of the Libyan border, Alexander Marquardt in Egypt and Jeffrey Kofman in Tunisia. Says ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider, “Like everyone, we’re assessing the security situation on a minute-by-minute basis, looking to see if there are places within Libya from which we can report, keeping in mind that the safety of our correspondents and crews is our highest priority.”
It is for security reasons that CBS News is not revealing the names of two correspondents now in-country. CBS News foreign editor Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews tells TVNewser the two correspondents entered from Egypt. Expect to see reports from them tonight on “Evening News.” A third CBS News correspondent is traveling from Bahrain to Tunisia at this hour.
CNN’s Ben Wededman has been in Libya since Monday, also arriving from the Egyptian side.
FNC’s David Lee Miller entered Libya today, and did his first liveshot from the country this morning.