I was a Guam fixer for China Global TV

‘Fixer.’ It’s a cynical journalistic tag for the folks who are hired to guide visiting reporters and TV crews around breaking stories all over the world. It implies that handing out bribes to facilitate the newsgathering process is part of the job, but that’s not necessarily the case.

More important, visiting reporters need to figure out an unfamiliar culture, local government and the geography of their destination in a hurry while working out how to tell the story to which they’ve been assigned. If they do their job, the fixers line up transportation, connect the visitors with interviewees and help to put the story of the day in context.

The war of words between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump put plenty of people on Guam in the fixer business if only for a few days of the “crisis.”

The China Global TV Network team, based in Manila, got off a Philippine Airlines flight at 6:30 a.m. ready to get the story. It would be a pretty intense three and a half days for reporter Barnaby Lo and his husband and wife video crew, Peter and Geraldine Carney.