Kate Webb. New Zealand-born Australian journalist Kate Webb was 24 years old when, in 1967, she paid for a one-way ticket to Saigon intending to write about the Vietnam War. She became United Press International’s Cambodia bureau chief. She was taken hostage by North Vietnamese soldiers and held for 23 days. Her distinguished journalism career with UPI and Agence-France Presse led her to write about other conflicts in Asia, including wars in Afghanistan. She died in 2007.