Bud Wichers (34) is a roving, independent, international recognized Security Journalist.
He writes, edits, produces and reports, utilizing lightweight cameras. Bud has worked throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and
the Far East. With more than a decade of experience, Bud has covered many major stories of his time.
In 2000, Bud Wichers filed reports
on the firework explosion in Enschede from the Netherlands. Additionally, he covered NATO and Euro 2000 from
Belgium and the historical U.S. 2000 Presidential elections from Florida.
2001, he reported from Israel and anchored the Israeli elections for BFM 106.1. His reports that year also included coverage
of the foot-and-mouth crisis, the Lockerbie Trial and the Slobodan Milosevic handover to the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal
in The Hague.
significant stories Bud covered in 2001 were the attacks on the US from New York and the flood of Afghan refugees after the initial invasion.
documentary 'Voices' aired in December 2002, covering the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Bud filed reports
from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa and Ramallah. Major stories he has covered from the Middle East are the
standoff at the Nativity church in Bethlehem, the Jenin incident in 2002, the Red Sea Summit in Aqaba in 2003 and
several suicide bombings inside Israel.
2003 Bud Wichers also filed on-the-scene reports on the 'Hutton Inquiry' from the Old Bailey in London. Earlier
that year he met with the late President Yasser Arafat of Palestine.
several months in Ramallah for his documentary 'Unspoken Truth', documenting the hardships and bloodshed felt by
both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2004 Bud witnessed the Presidential handover in Indonesia, the trial against Al-Qaida suspect Abu Bakar Ba'asyir
in Jakarta and the riots in Berlin. He was SBS6's correspondent on the Asian Tsunami, reporting from Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
regularly reported on the continuing unrest in Northern Iraq but his work in the region is not limited to war. In
March 2006, he completed a documentary about a young Dutch/ Iraqi girl. The film is entitled 'Innocence, Interrupted:
A Kirkuk story' ('De verstoorde onschuld').
2006 he conducted an exclusive interview with Sybrand van Hulst, (then) the head of the Dutch
intelligence and security service. Earlier that month he covered Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania's state visit to the Netherlands.
2007 Bud made a revealing documentary about honor crimes and interviewed former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Moazzam
In April 2007, Bud was embedded as a journalist with the Dutch Army in Kabul, Kandahar
and Tarin Kowt. He and another journalist, Bart Coolen, were caught in
a heavy crossfire between US Marines and Taliban fighters
in Southern Afghanistan. The incident made headlines around the world. One week later he traveled with
the RAF Regiment in Kandahar.
he covered a wide range of stories, including several follow-ups on the Madeleine McCann case, the Radovan
Karadzic handover to The Hague and the visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the Netherlands.
the trails Bud covered for Thomson Reuters are the Milan Martic trial, the case of Russia
vs. Georgia, the case of Mexico vs. the United States of America and the Jean-Pierre Bemba court proceedings.
His reporting for Thomson Reuters also runs from stories on pro-Gaza protests and demonstrations against
the President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir, to reports on Kurdistan and the case against Serbian intelligence chief
Jovica Stanisic. In February 2009, Bud was part of the Thomson Reuters team that covered the plane crash near
Amsterdam. March 1, he reported on the ceremonial opening of the first anti terrorist tribunal in the world. The court,
the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, investigates the murder of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Bud
also covered the Afghanistan Conference initiated by Hilary Clinton and the suicide attack on the Dutch royal family in Apeldoorn.
2009 he reported on the GICNT summit. One of the first large International intelligence gatherings on nuclear
terrorism organized by Russia and the United States. In July Bud covered the historical moment when Charles
Taylor took the stand for the first time in his own defence at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
embedded journalist with the Iraqi Special Forces and the U.S. Coalition Forces in September 2009, Bud covered
raids near Tikrit and Kirkuk. The aim of the raids was to capture several high ranking Al Qaida leaders. He traveled
unembedded to Mosul with Dutch cameraman Joost Wierenga. They were the first foreign journalists in the city centre
since the war started in Iraq in 2003.
In February 2010 Bud released his documentary film 'In search of Al-Qaeda' in the Netherlands. Later that month he covered the fall of the Dutch government. His report
became a Eurovision Exclusive for Thompson Reuters.
his career, Bud extensively covered national and international intelligence issues. In may 2010, he was at the opening
of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague.
2010 Bud covered the first verdict of Somali pirates, the aftermath of the Gaza
Flotilla affair, the formation of the Dutch Government and the search for the German boy Mirco
Schlitter. Bud reported from Colombia, Canada, Belgium and Portugal for Holland's top rated investigative
tv show 'Missing' (Vermist').
In 2011 Bud covered the Libyan uprising from Benghazi, Rasnaluf
and Bin Jawad for a popular Dutch news program. In March 2011 he went to post-Mubarak Egypt.
the Dutch mall shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn in April 2011.
2011 Bud covered President Barack Obama's historical State visit to Great Britain, General Mladić handover to The Hague
and his initial appearance before the UN tribunal.
reported extensively on the preparations of the Freedom Flotilla 2 from Greece. He and photographer Ettora Hesseling planned
to sail with the "Stefano Chiarini" from Corfu to Gaza for ANP, the largest Dutch news agency.
Most recently, he has covered the first day of trial against the former president
of Egypt Hosni Mubarak live from Cairo. He then traveled to Libya to cover the fierce battle in the oil city of Brega
between rebel fighters and Khadafi loyalists.
Bud Wichers, who is Dutch, is born in Indonesia.