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AP Makes Its Broadway Debut

Yesterday evening, the Associated Press took to Broadway following a performance of “Time Stands Still” at the Cort Theatre — Donald Margulies‘ play about war correspondents starring Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James as a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent who return from Iraq. Santiago Lyon, the AP’s director of photography, led the production’s weekly post-show “Talkback’ with the help of AP senior managing editor John Daniszewski, photographer Julie Jacobson and reporter Kimberly Dozier.

The four, all of whom have earned their stripes covering war zones, discussed the unique dangers and hurdles of covering news in volatile parts of the world. The AP offers a look at the discussion, during which the correspondents noted the parallels between art and life:

Jacobson, who last year photographed a powerful image of a dying Marine in Afghanistan, said she identified with the play’s portrayal of war correspondents coming home and feeling disconnected. She said she found it odd upon returning from the Haiti earthquake to find that she didn’t have to brush her teeth with bottled water any more.

And here’s an interesting little tidbit: the AP has suffered a total of 31 staff fatalities since its founding in 1846… starting with a reporter who was killed covering Gen. George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

Audio from the performance will be available later this week.

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Kimberly Dozier To Present Award To Farida Nekzad

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In Los Angeles tonight CBS correspondent and Iraq car bombing survivor Kimberly Dozier will present an International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism award to Farida Nekzad, 31, managing editor and deputy director of Pajhwok Afghan News and vice president of the South Asia Media Commission, according to a press release.

Joining Dozier will be Christiane Amanpour, Amy Adams, Maria Bello, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Diablo Cody, Diane English and Ginnifer Goodwin. Other honorees include Seygul Uludag, Aye Aye Win and Edith Lederer.

“Nekzad frequently puts her life on the line to report the news. Despite working under tremendous pressure at a time when women journalists in particular are being threatened for their reporting in Afghanistan, Nekzad is committed to staying in her country to work toward a free press and greater equality for women journalists,” according to the release.

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Katie A No-Show @ Gracies

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Did Katie skip to avoid reporters?

At last night’s Gracie Awards hosted by American Women in Radio & Television — where a head-spinning 41 awards were given out — Katie Couric, despite reports from her reps late last week that she would be attending and talking to reporters, was a no show. Couric had been scheduled to appear to accept an award for the piece she did on Condoleezza Rice for 60 Minutes with the show’s writers and producers. Instead she accepted the award via video.

Sitting in front of a desk with the 60 Minutes logo behind her, Couric, in her best earnest anchor woman persona, said she “wished she could be there” but she “was taking a few days off to spend time with my daughters who are heading off to camp.” Associate producer Jenny Dubin and writer Tom Anderson took the stage when the lights came up. There was plenty of chatter afterwards — all off the record, of course — among the evening’s attendees that the formerly ubiquitous newser is tired of defending herself and the network’s last place broadcast to reporters. Dan Rather‘s comments about CBS “tarting up” the evening news with Couric’s arrival seemed to be the last straw.

Longtime pal Soledad O’Brien hopes Rather’s remarks aren’t keeping Couric up at night: “His comments really are irrelevant and I hope she’s taking them as such.”

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Couric, Kristof To Host Overseas Press Club Awards

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CBS News chief Sean McManus and Couric last summer

Katie Couric may be mired in third place and has yet to set foot in Iraq, but she’s getting the honor rival Brian Williams had last year: hosting the Overseas Press Club Awards in New York.

New York Times op-ed columnist Nick Kristof — who embarks on the “Win a Trip With Nick” contest trip in June — will provide the keynote at next week’s ceremony.

CBS News producer Kimberly Dozier, seriously injured last May in a car bombing in Iraq, will accept the President’s Award on behalf of all journalists killed or injured in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

It’ll be interesting to see if Couric can handle a live audience of peers as deftly as Williams — whose closet stand-up act definitely helped lift an emotional evening.

The OPC is also using the occasion to announce an online registry of journalists wounded covering the fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan because, it says, the lists maintained by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders are “fragmented at best.”

UPDATE: The list of this year’s winners is here.

FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of The 2006 OPC Awards:

  • Notes From the Overseas Press Club Awards Gala
  • Woodruff: ‘I’m Not Going Back To Iraq’

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    We heard the same story a few weeks ago at ABC HQ, with one key difference.

    Bob Woodruff, while receiving a Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation yesterday, said he will not go back to Iraq:

    “I think for the first time I’m going to tell my wife I’m not going to go back to Iraq, at least for now.”

    When we spoke with Woodruff and ABC News chief David Westin two weeks ago during a screening of To Iraq And Back, the documentary of his recovery from wounds suffered in a tank blast last January, Woodruff wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a return. Westin, though, said ABC would not send Woodruff back. “He’s more vulnerable [now]. It would be the height of recklessness for ABC News to allow Bob Woodruff to go to Iraq. It’s insane.”

    Woddruff shared the award with Kimberly Dozier, the CBS News reporter seriously wounded in Iraq last May, who said she does plan to return: “To all of you in Iraq, Iraqis and the international corp, I hope to join you — not right away — but sometime soon.”

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  • Bob Woodruff: ‘I Saw My Body Floating’
  • Roger Ailes To Be Honored For His Contributions To Press Freedom, First Amendment

    ailes_fox_clinton_wallace.jpgWell, here’s some news the left-wing media will have a field day with.

    The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation is set to honor Fox News chief Roger Ailes along with Philip Balboni of New England Cable News and a pair of journalists — Kimberly Dozier of CBS News and Bob Woodruff of ABC News — wounded in Iraq for “their work on behalf of press freedom” at the 17th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner on March 8 in Washington.

    Ailes will receive the 2006 First Amendment Leadership Award. Past recipients include Katharine Graham, Don Hewitt and Ted Turner of Fox rival CNN.

    Does Ailes belong with this group?

    Now that we’ve reported, you can decide.

  • RTNDF to Honor Roger Ailes, Bob Woodruff, Kimberly Dozier
    And Philip Balboni with First Amendment Awards [RTNDA.org]