Naked in Baghdad: Covering the War in Iraq

MON, SEP 29, 2003 (1:22:39)

Anne Garrels discusses her experiences in Baghdad which she has chronicled in a new book, Naked in Baghdad. Garrels is a roving foreign correspondent for NPR’s foreign desk. She earned international recognition in 2003 by being one of 16 US journalists to remain in Baghdad during the initial invasion of Iraq. Her vivid, around the clock reports from the city under siege gave listeners remarkable insight into the impact of the war on Baghdad and those left in the city. As US and British forces advanced on the city, Garrels remained at her post, describing the scene on the streets and reactions from those she encountered. For her work in Iraq, Garrels was awarded a 2003 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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Anne Garrels is a senior foreign correspondent for NPR’s foreign desk. She covered Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s regime and through the U.S. invasion and its aftermath, and earned international recognition in 2003 by being one of 16 U.S. journalists to remain in Baghdad during the U.S. bombing. Her vivid, around-the-clock reports from the city under siege gave listeners remarkable insight into the impact of the war and the challenges to come. Garrels, who first arrived in Iraq in 2002 under Saddam Hussein, led NPR’s coverage there until 2008. Her reports anticipated and documented the sectarian violence; she traveled the country working independently as well as embedding with U.S. forces. Since Sept. 11, Garrels has also reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East. Before covering the Middle East, she concentrated on the former Soviet Union and its successor states for many years, earning an Alfred I. Dupont Award for her Russia coverage of diverse topics ranging from social and economic challenges to military and cultural developments. From Tiananmen Square to the battlegrounds of Chechnya, from Bosnia to Kosovo, Israel to Iraq, Garrels has put a human face on conflict, combining experience in the field with a sharp understanding of the policy debates in Washington. Garrels graduated from Harvard University in 1972. When not on assignment she lives with her husband Vint Lawrence in Connecticut.

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