When looting and rioting started in Minneapolis, Adam Bovino and journalist Tim Arvier took the first flight from Los Angeles. Shortly after arriving, Bovino was broadcasting live into the Today Show when a confrontation erupted between police and protesters. Moments earlier, a civilian was stabbed and police arrived to take him to hospital.
For 16 minutes Bovino maintained uninterrupted coverage while around him heavily armed police clashed with protesters. Bottles were thrown at officers and gas canisters were shot back, as he stood exposed in the middle, holding his ground to get the story out.
Adam Bovino has worked as a camera operator for Nine News for more than 15 years. His work has taken him around the world; in 2017 he covered the assault on Mosul in Iraq and was honoured with a Kennedy Award for his coverage. Most recently, he spent three-and-a-half years in the US bureau, covering the Las Vegas massacre, Donald Trump’s presidency, the COVID-19 outbreak and the George Floyd protests. Bovino was first on the ground in Minneapolis on the night the riots began and spent more than a week covering the civil unrest in violent and challenging circumstances.
“Adam Bovino took us with him into the chaos and rioting on the streets of Minneapolis, capturing the attackers, the victims and the police. Panning to each scene as all hell broke loose around him, Bovino produced exceptional breaking-news camerawork.“