NPR’s Anne Garrels recently spoke in Utah, and she had some interesting things to say about the state of foreign correspondent work.

“You are looking at a Neanderthal,” Garrels told an audience of about 400. “I am not a commentator, I don’t shout. I do report on the life and death of Americans.”

Without reporters on the ground to “bear witness” at important events like wars and battles and “human moments,” Garrels said, the rest of world may never learn of them. The loss of U.S. journalists and news bureaus oversees means that there is no one there to make Americans aware of atrocities, tragedies and human triumphs.