CBS news reporter Kimberly Dozier will describe the perils and rewards of operating as a foreign correspondent during the Iraq War when she speaks at Doane College Tuesday Nov. 9.
Dozier was severely injured in a car bomb attack in Baghdad in May of 2006 while embedded with a U.S. Army patrol. She is the featured speaker for the Annadora Gregory Lecture, which is set for 7 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium on the Crete campus.
Dozier wrote about the attack in her memoir, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report and Survive the War in Iraq, which describes her life before and after the bombing that hit the U.S. Army patrol her team was filming, claiming the lives of her cameraman and soundman, a translator and Army captain. Most of the patrol was outside their parked Humvees in a residential Baghdad neighborhood when the car bomb detonated. The captain, translator and CBS crew were closest to the explosion. Dozier underwent numerous major surgeries in the months following the bombing.
Dozier worked primarily in Iraq from August 2003 to 2006. During her 14-year career as a foreign correspondent, Dozier has covered the Middle East extensively for the CBS Evening News, CBS' Sunday Morning, The Early Show, and CBS Radio News, as well as the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Voice of America, and the BBC World Service. Her radio and television assignments have included the hunt for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, violence in Northern Ireland, Vladimir Putin's election and the downing of the U.S. spy plane in China. Prior to her Baghdad network appointment, Dozier covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Iraq for CBS from her Jerusalem base.
Dozier has received several awards for her work. She was the first woman journalist to receive the Tex McCreary award from the National Medal of Honor Society for her reporting. She has also received three American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards for her radio reports on Mideast violence, Kosovo and the Afghan war, as well as the organization's Grand Gracie Award in 2007 for her body of television work in Iraq. She also has been recognized for her coverage of troops on the home front and coverage on Afghanistan for the CBS Evening News and a CBS News Sunday Morning report on two women veterans who lost limbs in Iraq.
Dozier's current assignments include the White House and the Pentagon, concentrating on national security issues.
Doane's Annadora Gregory Lectureship was established in the early 1980s to sponsor nationally known and successful leaders and speakers, who are active in the fields of art, music, science, social science, philosophy, religion or agriculture.