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A Brief Timeline Of American TV Correspondent Kidnappings, Injuries and Deaths

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is safe, after being kidnapped in Syria late last week and released overnight. Unfortunately, kidnappings, injuries and death are part of the job of the foreign correspondent and their crew. With stories out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Libya in the last few years, just about every news outlet has had at least a handful of staffers affected by violence or misfortune.

In April, 2003, NBC News correspondent David Bloom died in Iraq due to a blood clot.

In June, 2003, NBC News Soundman Jeremy Little was mortally wounded in a grenade attack in Iraq. He was treated in Landstuhl, Germany but succumbed a few days later to a post-operative infection.

In January, 2006, ABC anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were badly injured in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded next to the vehicle they were traveling in.

In May, 2006 CBS camera operator Paul Douglas and sound technician James Brolan were killed in Iraq when the U.S. Army unit they were embedded with came under attack. CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously wounded in the attack and survived.

In August, 2006 Fox News Channel correspondent Steve Centanni and camera operator Olaf Wiig were kidnapped while reporting in Gaza. Centanni’s family would make a televised plea for their safe return, and they were eventually freed. Wiig would see another incident in Egypt in 2011 (see below).

In May, 2007 ABC News camera operator Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf were killed in Iraq when the car they were traveling in was ambushed.

In August, 2008 Fox News camera operator Chris Jackson was injured in Afghanistan while traveling with Oliver North.

In August, 2009 CBS News correspondent Cami McCormick was injured in Afghanistan when the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by an IED.

February 2011 saw a number of incidents, particularly in Egypt:
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Cami McCormick Receives Ovation Accepting CBS’ Overall Excellence Award at Murrow Dinner (Video)

The Radio Television Digital News Association held their annual Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner last night in New York. CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick, walking with a cane after being injured by an IED while on assignment in Afghanistan last year, got a standing ovation as she accepted CBS’ Overall Excellence award.

“In this day and age, where the news cycle is so fast,” Said McCormick, “It’s so hard to achieve excellence or strive for it these days. We keep trying. And to win it again is especially important this year.”

NBC News president Steve Capus accepted NBC’s Overall Excellence award for TV news. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien accepted one of five awards presented to news organizations for diversity coverage. And MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann won a Murrow for writing this story about the passing of his mother. (After the jump, TwitPics of Olbermann and O’Brien).

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Cami McCormick to Accept CBS Award an Annual Murrow Dinner

CBS’s Harry Smith, CNN’s John Roberts, ABC’s Jim Sciutto, NBC’s Ann Curry, and MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will be among the presenters at the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner in New York later this month.

CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick, injured while on assignment in Afghanistan in August ’09, will accept the Overall Excellence Award for CBS Radio news, while NBC News president Steve Capus will accept the Overall Excellence Award presented to NBC News.

In all, 59 news organizations are being honored with 89 awards at the dinner being held Monday, Oct. 11.

CBS’ Cami McCormick ‘Almost Ready to Return to Work’

At last evening’s RTNDA Dinner, VP of CBS Radio Harvey Nagler was about to announce that correspondent Cami McCormick, who was seriously injured when an IED hit a vehicle she was traveling in with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan last August, is nearly ready to return to work for CBS News.

In an emotional speech, Nagler called her “one of the most courageous and fearless individuals” he’d ever known and said, “I realize you’ve not heard very much about Cami since the first announcement of her injuries. Because that’s the way she wanted it.”

Prompting a standing ovation, Nagler added, “Right now I’m able to say something I was not sure I’d ever have the opportunity to say again: Cami, stand up and be recognized.”

2010 Gracie Award Winners Announced

gracieawards_2-24.jpgThe American Women in Radio and Television organization has announced the winners of the 2010 Gracie Allen Awards, for “programming created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry.” A gala will be held in LA on May 25th. Here are the TV news winners (via TVBR):

  • NBC’s Andrea Mitchell – Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent
  • PBS’ Brenda Breslauer – Outstanding Producer – News
  • CBS Radio’s Cami McCormick – Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent
  • “CBS Evening News: Death of Walter Cronkite” – Outstanding Breaking News Coverage
  • CNN Presents – “Black in America” – Outstanding Documentary
  • CNN’s Jessica Yellin – “Political Women” – Outstanding Hard News Feature
  • CNN’s “Larry King Live” – Interview with Katherine Callaway Hall -Outstanding Talk Show – News
  • MSNBC’s “Lockup Special Investigation” – Lake County Juvenile Justice – Outstanding Series
  • NBC’s “Meet the Press” – A Woman’s Nation – Outstanding Interview Program or Feature
  • CNBC’s Melissa Lee – Outstanding Host – News
  • CBS News’ “Rape in America: Justice Denied” – Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature
  • HLN’s Robin Meade – Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine
  • CBS News “Sunday Morning” – Table for One – Outstanding Soft News Feature
  • “NBC Nightly News” – Unlikely Refugees – Outstanding Hard News Feature

$12K Raised in Honor of CBS’ Cami McCormick

Cami_10.26.jpgThe team organized by CBS news correspondent Kimberly Dozier in honor of CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick raised $12,000 over the weekend, all benefiting Fisher House.

The Fisher House team participated in a 10K which was part of the Marine Corps Marathon. “My single hour-twenty or so run (at a Penguin pace, but hey, I finished, and I never stopped running) raised more than $12,000 for Fisher House,” wrote Dozier in an email to colleagues.

McCormick’s family has stayed at Fischer House as she recovers from serious injuries suffered in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan in August.

Dozier also writes that McCormick, “hopes to be transitioning out of trauma status soon, to full rehab.”

Donations are still being accepted here.

Kimberly Dozier Running 10K in Honor of Cami McCormick

Cami_10.9.jpgCBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, seriously injured in Iraq in 2006, is once again running the Team Fisher House 10K as part of the Marine Corps Marathon later this month. And this year, she’s doing it in honor of CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick (pictured), herself injured in Afghanistan in August.

Fisher House is a place for families of injured troops to stay while their loved ones recover. Dozier’s family stayed there when she was injured. McCormick’s family is there now. 97.5 cents of every dollar donated to Fisher House goes directly toward program expenses. It’s regarded as one of the most efficiently run charities.

According to Dozier’s donation page CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves and Julie Chen have donated an “eye-popping” $5,000. Click here if you’d like to help.

The race is Sunday, Oct. 25. Dozier is the pre-race pasta dinner speaker the night before.

> Earlier: The TVNewser interview with Kimberly Dozier…

CBS Correspondents Share Afghanistan Stories

Last night on “Evening News,” CBS correspondents and producers shared moving stories of covering the war in Afghanistan. Lara Logan, Byron Pitts, Scott Pelley, and David Martin all spoke in the segment. Toward the end, Cami McCormick, who was badly injured in an IED explosion in August, provides a voiceover about her experience and says, “I definitely would go back to Afghanistan. I’m eager to go back to Afghanistan.” She is still recovering at Walter Reed.

CBS’ Cami McCormick Stable at Walter Reed

camimccorm2.jpgCBS Reporter Cami McCormick arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical center in Washington, D.C. at 2amET this morning and is in stable condition. She will undergo further surgery for the wounds she received and the fractures in her arms and legs.

Last week, McCormick was injured while embedded with US troops in Afghanistan when an IED exploded, killing one soldier and injuring two others. McCormick underwent surgery in Afghanistan and was transported to Germany for further treatment.

The CBS news division was briefed on her condition this morning by CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus and CBS News Radio Vice President Harvey Nagler. More details and a prognosis are expected this week.

South Carolina’s The State has a poignant report on the soldier who was killed in the explosion, Spc. Abraham Sherrod Wheeler III.

CBS to Report on Afghanistan Bombing Suspects

TVNewser has learned CBS News Correspondent David Martin will be reporting on the suspects detained for Friday’s roadside bombing in Afghanistan that killed one American soldier and injured three other people, including CBS News correspondent Cami McCormick. Martin’s report is coming up on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

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