Step Vaessen is a Senior International News Correspondent who has over 30 years of experience in reporting, live broadcasting and managing news. She is also a regular guest in talk shows commenting on and analyzing news events. For the past 15 years she worked as a correspondent for the international news network Aljazeera English most recently from Amsterdam. Before that she was based as a senior correspondent in Moscow, covering Russia and the former Soviet states. In 2020 she spent weeks in Belarus to cover a post election uprising. Before moving to Europe Step was based in Indonesia for more than two decades covering developments in Asia most notably the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami for Dutch public broadcaster NOS. Step has a Masters in Social Psychology from Radboud University in Nijmegen and a Bachelors in Journalism from Fontys Hogeschool in Tilburg. She has written a book Jihad with Sambal about her years in Jakarta and has produced several documentaries. She has performed at several Tedx Talks, conferences and lectures including the Willem Arondeus lecture in Haarlem named The Herd knows no Heroes. In 2011 she was interviewed as a guest in the Dutch three-hour live show called Zomergasten.