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Kimberly Dozier Returns to Iraq for First time Since 2006 Attack

KD_12.21.jpgOn Memorial Day 2006, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, her cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were reporting with the Army’s 4th Infantry Division when a five-hundred pound car bomb exploded near them. Douglas and Brolan were killed. It would take months for Dozier to recover from her physical wounds, and a year later was running 10K’s.

But it would take three-and-a-half years to get back to Iraq. Dozier returned last week for the first time since the attack.

Now based in CBS’ Washington bureau, Dozier traveled to Baghdad, Talil and Ramadi. On CBSNews.com she writes:

This time, we arrived with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, admittedly under heavy security, to Camp Victory outside Baghdad. I saw purposeful troops, but it didn’t have the same sense of the barely controlled frenzy I saw during the three years I spent there – with soldiers, civilian contractors and Iraqi tradesmen rushing back and forth, a steady stream of helicopters buzzing in and out, the roads choked with humvees and supply vehicles rushing to their next task.

Now, Camp Victory has the hum of a well-oiled machine-like they’ve got this down. The phrase that kept coming back to me was “on a glidepath.” Admittedly, one still studded by the occasional bout of horrific violence, but momentum for now seems to be in their favor.

Dozier’s reports were featured on CBSNews.com as well as CBS Radio News. There was no video crew this time around. CBS News gave Dozier the time to go as a private citizen at Adm. Mullen’s invitation. The trip is also providing Dozier material as she completes a paperback edition of her best-selling “Breathing the Fire” with a new chapter on her injuries and recovery. The author profits from the book are going to Fisher House, TAPS and other wounded warrior charities.

(Photo: CBS/Jim Garamone)

$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…

Journalists Pedaling in the Name of Two CBS Newsmen

PaulJames_5.22.jpgThree years ago, on Memorial Day, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, her cameraman Paul Douglas (left) and soundman James Brolan fell victim to an insurgent attack in Baghdad. Dozier was critically wounded. The attack killed Douglas and Brolan.

Now, friends of London-based Douglas and Brolan are pedaling their way to raise money and awareness for freelance journalists everywhere.

On Monday, journalists Andy Clarke, Mark Ludlow, and Andy Stevenson will set out on a 200 mile bike ride from London’s Fleet Street to the Reporters Without Borders memorial in Bayeux, France.

The trio hope to arrive in Bayeux on Friday, the third anniversary of the attack. The money raised will benefit the Rory Peck Trust for freelance journalists and Reporters Without Borders.

The guys are just £1,000 short of their £18,000 goal. Among those who’ve given, Christiane Amanpour who was donated £500 and Dan Rather who has donated £600. “Honor to our fallen and a salute to those who are reminding us never to forget,” Rather writes.

Click here if you’d like to donate

War Reporters Praise Each Others Books

engelbook_7-9.JPGdozierbook_7-9.JPGNBC News’ Richard Engel and CBS News’ Kimberly Dozier have each written books about their experience covering the war in Iraq. The “friends” praised one another’s publications recently.

Engel picked Dozier’s book as his summer reading choice in Time Magazine. “Kim’s powerful book is the most detailed account I’ve read of what thousands of wounded U.S. troops, many Iraqis and a few unlucky journalists have had to endure because of the war in Iraq,” he writes. “Her book is a reminder to all of us who cover Iraq how quickly our luck can change.”

Dozier responded in a WashingtonPost.com chat yesterday, writing, “Let me go on the record saying his book, War Journal, is great — a fantastic read.”

Earlier: TVNewser’s Gail Shister talks with Dozier and Alissa Krinsky talks to Engel about their respective books.

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