Akron Native at Gaza


An Akron, Iowa native currently working for the United Nations in Gaza will appear this Sunday on the CBS news program Sixty Minutes. Scott Anderson, the son of Rick and Marlys Anderson of Akron, is helping provide emergency response and humanitarian services during  the Israel-Hamas war and Gaza conflict.

Scott Anderson graduated from Akron-Westfield High School in 1985.  He served 21 years in the Army followed by 10 years with the United Nations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He is currently on leave from his position with the USDA in Sioux Falls.

During an interview with Charlie Stone of sister station KSCJ, Anderson, speaking from Gaza, said that growing up he never dreamed he would  appear on a program like Sixty Minutes……


Anderson credits growing up in this area for preparing him for his current role…


The Akron Iowa native gave an overview of the long standing conflict in that area….


He explained that not everyone in Palestine and Gaza is part of Hamas…


Anderson said the mood from the October 7th masacre was similar to the mood after 9-11 in New York….


The connection with Scott Anderson in Gaza was recorded using WhatsApp.