Ani Naqvi and Nate Berkus


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Ani Naqvi was vacationing in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka, when the tsunami hit. She is the first person Nate met when he made it to safety at the top of a nearby hill.

"In that situation where everything and anything's unfamiliar and Annie and I started talking, I learned that she had been a television producer for the BBC," Nate says. "And if there's one thing that makes me feel comfortable, it's a television producer. And I thought, 'Okay, this is somebody who's gonna be organized, have it together, be able to coordinate everything that needs to be coordinated, and we just looked at each other and I think at that moment, there was just kind of a trust there between us."

Nate's instinct was correct! Annie "commandeered the cell phone and got on the phone with the defense minister from Great Britain and the BBC, she called the world desk. Ani was our first and constant and accurate source of information," Nate explained, "Because we didn't know what had happened."