After weeks of escalating clashes over a government plan to extradite Hong Kong crime suspects to mainland China for trial, video journalist Raf Wober was fully committed to coverage on July 1, the anniversary of the 1997 Hong Kong handover. But he was also keenly aware of the unprecedented meeting that took place the previous day between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un at the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. Wober had asked Pyongyang for video reaction from the North Korean capital. While monitoring the building tension on the ground in Hong Kong, he checked in with the team in North Korea, coordinating the video feed from Pyongyang. As a result, only AP was able to deliver North Koreans’reaction on video. And while working two major stories, Wober accommodated an interview request from client Sky News, describing the tense situation in Hong Kong.
As an already long day wore into the evening of July 1, hundreds of Hong Kong protesters smashed their way into the territory’s legislature, vandalizing the main legislative chamber before being cleared by police firing tear gas into the crowd. Wober and another member of his crew stayed on to deliver hours of powerful live and recorded video unmatched by competitive agencies.