Adam Brown has been a foreign correspondent for 20 years, working from South and Central America, Eastern and Western Europe, West Africa and Southeast Asia.
At 24, he frequented leper colonies in Brazil to write his first world exclusive – a feature for the Observer about a resurgence of thalidomide babies in Brazil. The drug that causes fetal deformations was now a leprosy treatment. Pregnant lepers too poorly educated to read warning labels were also taking it for morning sickness.
In the following two years, Adam worked in Brasilia and won awards for coverage of foreign corporations illegally logging the Amazon.
Adam moved to the Balkans for The Associated Press and covered the war in Kosovo for eight months, occasionally from pitched battles. He survived a point-blank ambush on his car, sniper fire and a drive through a minefield that claimed the Red Cross vehicle yards behind him.
In October, 1998, Adam uncovered the massacre of 21 Albanian civilians, mostly women and children hiding in a copse of trees in central Kosovo. His photos and stories made the covers of the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek and other publications worldwide. The photos, most notably one of a dead toddler beside his bayoneted mother, landed on Bill Clinton's desk and prompted new NATO threats. Some months later, the threats would lead to the bombing of Yugoslavia.
Adam was in Skopje, Macedonia on his 30th birthday when he was told he was on the Serbian secret police's target list. He moved to West Africa, where he became the first journalist in a decade to interview the head of the RUF rebels, renowned for chopping off their victims' hands in Sierra Leone's civil war.
In 2001 and much of 2002, Adam covered the Philippines, primarily the war against Muslim guerrillas and the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the south. He reported the overthrow of the government of former movie actor Joseph Estrada and several counter-coup attempts.
Adam covered the war in Afghanistan from the dusty former Taliban strongholds in the south. He was the first journalist, by three days, to reach Kakrak, a village north of Kandahar where the U.S. military had mistakenly bombed a wedding, killing dozens.
After the birth of his daughter, Adam left war reporting and joined Bloomberg News, covering finance and politics in Spain, the U.K and Eastern Europe.
He divorced shortly after and was introduced to the single life again. It was then that he met Mr. M, the organizer of Project Rockstar.
He and his new wife, Roxana, now divide much of their time between Bucharest, London and Adam's native Vancouver.