She spent 17 years as an award-winning CBS News foreign and national security correspondent, then covered intelligence for The Associated Press, national security for The Daily Beast, and served as executive editor of the intelligence-focused media startup The Cipher Brief.
Dozier held the 2014-2015 Gen. Omar Bradley Chair at the U.S. Army War College, Penn State Law and Dickinson College—the first journalist and first woman in that post, sharing lessons of how media coverage shapes national security policy.
Past foreign postings include Kabul, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Islamabad, London and Cairo, covering stories including: the post-9/11 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan; the hunt for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora; Iraq under Saddam and the U.S. invasion that the followed; the Kosovo refugee exodus; Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first election; violence and peacemaking in Northern Ireland; and Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
She’s interviewed newsmakers as varied as U.S. Army Generals Stanley McChrystal, David Petraeus and H.R. McMaster and Osama-bin-Laden-raid commander Navy SEAL Admiral Bill McRaven, to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and then-Afghan-Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani.
In Dozier’s early career as a freelance reporter in Cairo, Egypt, her work was featured in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Monitor Radio, and Voice of America. She later anchored news programs for the BBC World Service in London.
War Injury & Recovery:
Dozier covered the war in Iraq for CBS News from 2003, until she was wounded in a car bombing in 2006. That bombing killed Dozier’s colleagues CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, as well as U.S. Army officer Capt. James Alex Funkhouser and his translator “Sam.”
Dozier endured more than three dozen surgeries and months of rehab before returning to her job at CBS News, nine months after the bombing. In best-selling memoir, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight, Dozier recounts the attack and journey to recovery, thanks to the troops on the ground and an army of medical professionals who took her from learning to walk again to running road races—post-traumatic-stress free. Key to her healing journey was outreach by Capt. Funkhouser’s widow Jennifer, and the friendship of James’ and Paul’s daughters, Agatha Brolan and Jo Douglas.
Dozier has spoken about her healing journey before more than a hundred different audiences — including the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval War College, the Joint Special Operations University, the FBI Academy at Quantico, the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C, as well as her alma mater Wellesley College as graduation speaker in 2009.
Dozier’s broadcast awards include a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for her CBS News coverage of troops on the home front, a 2008 Peabody Award and the 2008 RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award for a CBS News Sunday Morning report on two women veterans who lost limbs in Iraq. She received another Edward R. Murrow Award in 2002 for team CBS radio coverage of the fall of Kabul and hunt for Osama bin Laden.
She has received three American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Awards–in 2000, 2001 and 2002–for her radio reports on Mideast violence, Kosovo and the Afghan war, and the Grand Gracie Award in 2007 for her body of television work in Iraq.
She was the first woman journalist recognized with a National Medal of Honor Society Tex McCreary Award, for her coverage of Iraq.
Dozier received Wellesley College’s Alumnae Achievement Award in 2020, and was recognized as the University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna in 2012. She was awarded Stevenson University’s first-ever honorary doctorate in 2008.