Ron is a news-correspondent, working for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation also known as "NRK".
Stationed in Chernarus since the summer of 2015, Ron was on the job when the outbreak began. He has been covering it ever since, making regular broadcasts back to Norway.
Ron was born in the spring of 1972, the only son of Arne and Astrid Andersen. Arne was a career-officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy, and Astrid was a Professor in archaeology at the University of Bergen. Growing up in Bergen, Ron had many friends. He was an active kid, and participated in many activities when not in school. His favorite activity though, was the annual autumn hunting trips to
Sogn with his father.
Ron was an apt pupil in school, and he got excellent grades. When he turned 19, his father wanted him to apply for the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and pursue a career in the Navy.
Ron wanted to do his one year mandatory service first, to see how he liked life in uniform. During this mandatory one year, he was recruited by the Special Forces branch of the Navy, and ended up training as an operator with the Norwegian Special Forces (Marinejegerkommandoen).
He served with the special forces for many years, seeing action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Through his years stationed there, he grew fond of the culture and the people in those war torn places.
Ron managed to see all the the beauty of the land amidst all the killing and all the despair. After 16 years of service, Ron had risen through the ranks to Lieutenant Commander. He applied for a leave of absence to go back to school. The application was accepted, and Ron then spent the following five years getting a Bachelors degree in Journalism, and a Masters degree in International Politics.
These five years was amazing for Ron's family, who had grown accustomed to his long periods of absence during his time in the special forces, but deep down they all knew that a time would come when he would once again leave them, and then, in the fall of 2011, Ron returned to the special forces, though not as an operator. He did four six month deployments to Afghanistan, now serving as an advisor to the Norwegian Station Chief, trying to further good relations and understanding between the Norwegian troops in the region and the indigenous population. As time went by though, Ron saw that little or no progress was made. Disillusioned he then finally decided to resign his commission the summer of 2013 and returned to Norway and his family.
Ron wanted to put his experience from his foreign service to good use, and he applied for, and landed, a very good job in Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. He no doubt got the job due to his long and distinguished military career. He served as an expert-commentator on all news with a military subject matter for two years, but when the correspondent job covering Eastern Europe came up for grabs in the late summer of 2015, Ron jumped at the opportunity. An older colleague of his had decided to take early retirement, and Ron was selected to replace him.
Ron was sent to Chernarus, as this was the new "hot-spot" in Eastern Europe at the time, and he has been on station there ever since.
He has been close to the action over the years, covering the different political developments in Chernarus. He was around to witness the chaos that ensued after the assassination of Gregori Lopotev.
His covered the ensuing "rebellion" and the Russian "intervention", and his news segments he made during this period gained public acclaim in Norway.
He also covered the so called "referendum" that took place under Ivan Bernarus, reporting on the frequent and blatant election fraud that took place back then, resulting in election results only the likes of Saddam Hussein and other despots have enjoyed before him, with close to 90 % of the votes.
He also put the spotlight on the "silent" ethnic cleansing going on in Chernarus, hoping European and UN attention once again would fall upon Chernarus, but to no avail.
His open criticism towards Vladimir Putin, and Russian involvement in the country, has landed him in trouble many times, but somehow he has avoided arrest and deportation.
The last couple of months, Ron has been covering the pandemic, now beeing called the "Frenzied Flu" ravaging the country.
He was recently ordered to return home to Norway, as things took a turn for the worse world wide, but found himself unable to travel as no foreigners were allowed to leave the country.
Armed with his his radio and his video-camera, he continues to cover the developing situation in Chernarus with live broadcasts on Norwegian television...