101 East

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101 East
101 East (AJE) logo.png
Presented by 2006–2008: Teymoor Nabili
2008–2012: Fauziah Ibrahim
2012–present: Steve Chao
No. of episodes 400+
Running time 25 minutes
Original network Al Jazeera English
Original release November 2006 (2006-11) – present
External links

101 East is a multi award-winning weekly television programme, broadcast by Al Jazeera English, that focuses on current affairs in Asia and the Pacific. The show started in 2006 and operates out of Al Jazeera's Asia bureau in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Steve Chao, presenter for 101 East, conducts a piece to camera in front of the Himalayas.

Sharon Roobol is 101 East's executive producer. It is presented by Steve Chao.

Before joining Al Jazeera's 101 East programme, Steve Chao reported from various hotspots, including Afghanistan following September 11, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, earthquake in Haiti, terror attacks in Mumbai, the North Pole, the 2004 tsunami from Thailand, and the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Chao is a Canadian journalist and was Asia Bureau Chief for CTV News before joining Al Jazeera in 2009.[1]

101 East was hosted by Teymoor Nabili for two years, from its launch to August 2008.[2] Fauziah Ibrahim presented the programme from September 2008 to 2012.

Other producers and reporters who have contributed to 101 East include:

Aela Callan, Sabour Bradley, Step Vaessen, and Veronica Pedrosa,


101 East has won many international awards. It won the Best Current Affairs Programme Award for the Asian Television Awards in 2015 and 2013.[3] Steve Chao won Best Current Affairs Presenter in 2015 at the Asian Television Awards. 101 East was nominated for an International Emmy in 2015 for the film 'Stray Bullets' at the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Many other 101 East documentaries have attracted international critical acclaim and have other awards and nominations include:[4]

2016 Awards[edit]

  • Sabah's Invisible Children - Outstanding Reporting On Human Rights Issues In Asian Region[5]

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards

  • Afghanistan's Billion Dollar Drug War - Gold Medal (Best Investigative Report)[6] & Gold Medal (Human Concerns)[7]
  • Malaysia's Unwanted - Gold Medal (Current Affairs)[8]
  • Myanmar's Jade Curse - Gold Medal (National/International Affairs)[9] & Silver Medal (Best Investigative Report)[10]
  • Steve Chao - Best news Reporter/Correspondent - Gold Medal[11]
  • Murder in Malaysia - Silver Medal (Best Investigative Report)[12] & Finalist Certificate (Politics)[13]
  • Becoming Pacquiao - Silver Medal (Best Sports Journalism)[14]
  • Afghanistan: No Country For Women - Finalist Certificate (Cultural Issues)[15]

2015 Awards[edit]

Asian Television Awards[16]

  • Afghanistan's Billion Dollar Drug War - Best Current Affairs Program
  • Steve Chao - Afghanistan's Billion Dollar Drug War - Best Current Affairs Presenter

International Emmy Awards[17]

  • Stray Bullets - Finalist in "Current Affairs" category


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