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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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FNC’s Greg Palkot Reunited with Egyptian That Saved His Life Earlier This Year

In February, Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were hospitalized after being beaten while covering the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Today, Palkot was once again in Egypt to cover the elections there, and he caught up with an Egyptian man who risked his own life to shelter the pair and keep them away from the thugs:


FNC’s Greg Palkot Recalls His Beating In Cairo: ‘It Can’t End This Way…’

Coming just a day after CBS revealed that Lara Logan was brutally attacked in Cairo, GQ published an interview with Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot, who was badly injured when pro-Mubarak thugs pummeled him and his cameraman, Olaf Wiig.

What were you thinking when you were first attacked?
That we were in trouble. That we were in deep trouble. Again, though: there were a few people in the crowd who did not think it was a great thing to kill foreigners out on the street in Cairo. So we were guided forward and protected by a few people in the crowd. And very shortly we saw what our goal would be and that was an Egyptian Army APC [armored personnel carrier] that was sitting in the middle of a plaza ahead of us.

Were you able to fight back?
I did my best but it’s tough because you’re getting it from all sides. You’re fending off the blows, you’re trying to figure out if somebody’s a friend of yours when they’re looking at you, and then the next minute they’re smashing you in the face.

Did you think about your family while this was happening?

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FNC’s Greg Palkot and Olaf Wiig Talk to John Roberts About Being Attacked in Cairo

Fox News Channel correspondent Greg Palkot and his cameraman Olaf Wiig are safe, after being attacked by protesters in Egypt last Wednesday.

The duo were flown by Medivac from Cairo to London on Friday, and were released from the hospital there Saturday.

FNC’s John Roberts spoke to the two men in London on Sunday, their first interview since the attack:

Fox News’ Greg Palkot & Producer Hospitalized After Being Attacked While Covering Egypt Protests

Fox News Channel foreign correspondent Greg Palkot and FNC producer Olaf Wiig have been hospitalized in Cairo, Egypt after being attacked by protesters. Palkot was beaten badly and Wiig may have a broken jaw.

This isn’t the first time Wiig has seen trouble on the job. In 2006, Wiig was held hostage by gunmen on the Gaza Strip.

John Roberts reported from London today on the attack on the Fox team:

They were forced to leave their position when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it, a large fire erupted. They were forced to flee. They ran out and ran right into the pro Mubarak crowd and were severely beaten and had to be taken to the hospital, spent the night in the hospital. The extent of their injuries was fairly grave, however, they have been released from the hospital.

This adds to a growing number of attacks on reporters in Egypt. Roberts’ video report on the FNC attack is after the jump…
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