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TV veterans leave Reuters 'at the top of their game'

Two television veterans “at the top of their game” are leaving Reuters after more than two decades of covering world events. 

They are Sasa Kavic (photo) and Miran Jelenek, camera operators who joined as freelancers in the Balkans and stayed as staffers.

Kavic, a Croatian, started work with Reuters in 1991. He was hired for one week as a freelancer and ended up remaining for 26 years. Kavic covered the breakup of Yugoslavia from 1991 to 1995, genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and, more recently, Europe’s migrant crisis​. He also reported from Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Brazil.

Jelenek joined as a freelancer in Sarajevo during the siege of the city in 1995​. An ethnic Croat who grew up in Bosnia-Herzegovina, he found himself at the heart of the story he was reporting for the outside world. Since the end of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia he travelled widely for Reuters. Assignments included Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Lebanon and Brazil.

In a farewell message, Soheil Afdjei, global news editor, Reuters Video, thanked them “for their commitment, tireless enthusiasm for all they have contributed during their long and exemplary time with Reuters”. ■