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Former CNN Correspondent Michael Ware on War Reporting: ‘What we can get is the shards of truth’

Former CNN foreign correspondent Michael Ware reflects on the lives of war photographers Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, who were killed in Libya last week.

Ware knew Hetherington from Brooklyn, where they both lived, and Hondros from the war zones where they both served:

In the field, where, as the soldiers say, “the meat meets the metal,” I’ve found that I gravitate to photographers, the ones who come the closest to revealing the truth, even if we never get to the entire truth. In war, everyone lies; their government, our government, the rebels—even civilians lie through exaggeration or confusion. But what we can get is the shards of truth, like Tim’s photo of a wretchedly filthy, dog-tired American grunt in the Korengal Valley, holding his face in his hand, or Chris’s picture of a little girl with her parents’ blood splattered over her dress, after American soldiers killed them at a Tal Afar checkpoint.

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Michael Ware Leaves CNN

CNN correspondent Michael Ware has left the network, a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser. Ware has been absent from CNN for a year or so, though at the time the network said he was going on a leave of absence to write a book.

The news was first reported by All Things CNN, which adds that Ware is currently working on a new project.

Ware was said to be dealing with PTSD, following his years of reporting abroad, particularly in dangerous places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

He moved to New York in 2009, telling TVNewser’s Gail Shister:

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Where’s Michael Ware?

Ware_4.28.jpgLast week the ‘ole TVNewser tipbox lit up with tips about CNN correspondent Michael Ware leaving the network. When we asked a CNN spokesperson about it, we were told that Ware was on a leave of absence to write a book. Nothing more. But today the blog AllThingsCNN thinks something more is going on here.

In addition to having taken a break recently in order to work on his book, it is no secret that he has been grappling with PTSD, brought on from the hellish years he worked in Baghdad. I was told that, unfortunately, when he needed more time off in order to deal with things, his request was denied. So he will not be returning.

This afternoon, a CNN spokesperson reiterated to TVNewser, “Michael is currently on a leave of absence writing a book. We don’t discuss individual contracts.”

Earlier: An International Correspondent, Based in Brooklyn

> Update: CNN sent us the following updated statement: “With regard to Michael Ware, CNN has been and continues to be very supportive. Any issues regarding his contract remain confidential between Michael and CNN. On the wider issue of PTSD, CNN is rightly regarded as an industry leader in this area. We offer outstanding help and support services to employees, past and present, in this area.”

‘AC360′ Heads to Afghanistan

coopermed.jpgAnderson Cooper will be heading to Afghanistan to anchor “AC360″ all of next week for the anniversary of September 11th. Cooper will be embedded with a group of US troops for the week’s worth of special “AC360″ programs called “Live from the Battle Zone.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also be embedded to deliver reports on field trauma surgery. Cooper will be joined by analyst Peter Bergen and “AC360″ will have field reports from correspondent Michael Ware.

Cooper will broadcast from there starting on the 7th. Next Saturday, September 12, CNN will air a special hour with pieces from the week at 11pmET.

An International Correspondent, Based in Brooklyn

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Ware_8.18.jpgBaghdad to Brooklyn — how’s that for culture shock?

After almost seven years — and three kidnappings — in Iraq, CNN’s Michael Ware says his recent reassignment to New York has been a difficult transition.

“My body still feels like it’s constantly dodging bullets,” says Ware, who lives in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section.

“Crowds can feel threatening. When I open a window, I’m looking for snipers. If somebody cuts me off in traffic, it could be the beginning of a kidnapping.”

Ware, an intrepid Aussie, says his post-traumatic stress is no different from that of many of his soldier friends’. “It’s about learning how to come home. It’s not a simple thing. It takes a lot of time and care. I’m getting help as I go through the process.”

A former prosecutor and pro rugby player, Ware, 40, joined CNN International in 2006 after serving as Time‘s Baghdad bureau chief. He appeared regularly on Anderson Cooper’s “360.”

Ware made tabloid headlines in June 2008 over his alleged involvement in a Baghdad love triangle with CBS’s Lara Logan and married U.S. State Department contractor Joe Burkett.

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Anderson Cooper To Report From U.S.-Mexico Border

cooper_3-24.JPGCNN’s Anderson Cooper will report live from the U.S.-Mexico border tomorrow and Thursday for, “The War Next Door,” a 10pmET special report.

The program will focus on the drug war and escalating violence at the border.

Other CNN correspondents on the special report include Jill Dougherty reporting from Mexico City about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s visit and Michael Ware reporting on the violence from Juarez.

Ware: “I Don’t Know How To Come Home”

ware_12-11.jpgIn a 2,500-word enlightening, and ultimately haunting, profile of CNN’s Michael Ware, Men’s Journal’s Greg Veis gives readers a look at what the horror’s of war can do to a journalist on the frontlines.

“I am not the same fucking person,” Ware tells Veis. “I am not the same person. I don’t know how to come home.”

But he is now. And the self-described “war dog” is adjusting back to civilian life. Veis describes a video Ware shot after he volunteered to accompany the unit he was covering on a “terrifying,” pitch black, raid against insurgents in Fallujah.

The staff sergeant on that raid, David Bellavia, regards Ware as one of the Marines’ own. “I can’t stand the media, but I would go through hell with a bucket of gasoline for Michael Ware,” he says. “He goes through all the things we go through — 55 cigs a day, no sleep. And if we were allowed to drink, we’d drink as much as he does. When you look at him, you look into vacant eyes. He looks like my military friends do. He’s seen enough shit.”

There is just one mention of CBS’ Lara Logan in the piece, and it comes in one of the most revealing paragraphs. Click continued to see the passage…

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Cable News Snapshot: Pre-Debate Edition

The lead in to tonight’s debate on the cablers appears to be similar to the usual schedule, but with slight variations. First on CNN, Campbell Brown: Election Center is being called, “Debate Night in America,” and is co-anchored by Wolf Blitzer. Jeffrey Toobin joked that tonight they were the “best political team in the world,” since Michael Ware and Christiane Amanpour joined the panel. On Fox News, Bill O’Reilly anchored live — and from Washington, D.C. The program will last until 8:50pmET, when the pre-debate coverage takes over. Included in the program was a pre-taped, contentious interview with Karl Rove. Countdown with Keith Olbermann aired as usual on MSNBC, and Olbermann teased an 11pmET post-debate Countdown which will be live. Sen. Joe Biden will be a guest on the program:

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