KIMBERLY DOZIER Journalist/Broadcaster/Author
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Kimberly Dozier is a CNN Global Affairs Analyst and a contributor to TIME Magazine.
Dozier spent 17 years as an award-winning CBS News foreign and national security correspondent from 1993 to 2010, covered intelligence for The Associated Press from 2010 to 2014, national security for The Daily Beast from 2014 to 2017 and 2018 to 2019, and served as executive editor of the intelligence-focused media startup The Cipher Brief from 2017 to 2018.
She also 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 from the Vietnam War to WikiLeaks.
Prior to Dozier’s fourteen-year-career at CBS News, her reporting was featured in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Monitor Radio, and Voice of America, and she anchored news programs for the BBC World Service from Bush House in London.
Past foreign postings include Jerusalem, Cairo, London, Islamabad, Kabul and Baghdad, covering stories including: Iraq under Saddam and the U.S. invasion that the followed; the invasion of Afghanistan; the hunt for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora; the Kosovo refugee exodus; Russian President Vladimir Putin’s election; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Cairo and Jerusalem; violence and peacemaking in Northern Ireland; the downing of a U.S. spy plane in China and the violence in Northern Ireland.
She’s interviewed newsmakers as varied as Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Pakistani General Pervez Musharraf and Afghan then-Presidential Nominee Ashraf Ghani to Navy SEAL Admiral Bill McRaven and U.S. Army Generals Stanley McChrystal, David Petraeus and H.R. McMaster.
Combat 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. (Author’s proceeds from the paperback and e-book have gone to charities for the combat-injured like Fisher House, and Dozier has donated thousands of copies of the paperback to patients and families going through similar medical crises.)
Four years after her injury, she made one of the toughest calls of her career — leaving her “news family” at CBS, because her bosses were reluctant to let her go back into harm’s way overseas. She joined the AP, which has allowed many previously injured reporters to go wherever the news takes them, and has since covered stories in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Dozier has spoken about her healing journey before more than a hundred different audiences about the bombing & recovery — including the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval War College, the Joint Special Operations University, the FBI Academy at Quantico, the National Defense University at Ft. McNair, and her alma maters Wellesley College as graduation speaker, and as a Distinguished Alumna at the University of Virginia.
Dozier 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 Murrow Award in 2002 for team CBS radio coverage of the fall of Kabul and hunt for Osama bin Laden.
She has also 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 by the National Medal of Honor Society with a Tex McCreary award, for her coverage of Iraq.
Maryland’s Stevenson University awarded Dozier its first-ever honorary doctorate in 2008.
NATIONAL SECURITY EVENT BIO
Kimberly Dozier is a CNN Global Affairs Analyst and contributor to TIME Magazine, with 30 years’ experience covering foreign affairs and national security around the world.
Dozier has broken major stories on CIA drone strikes and the killing of Osama bin Laden as AP’s intelligence writer, and won many awards during her 17 years as a CBS News foreign and national security correspondent.
Her past assignments have ranged from London to Cairo, Moscow to Islamabad.
She covered the American bombing of Baghdad under Saddam and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq; the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 and the hunt for Bin Laden at Tora Bora; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the troubles in Northern Ireland.
In national security circles, she’s known for speaking about her own injury, recovery and post-traumatic growth, after the 2006 car bomb in Baghdad that almost killed her and took the lives of her CBS News camera team, the U.S. Army captain they were filming, and his Iraqi translator.
Author’s profits from her memoir “Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight,” have gone to charities for the combat injured.
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Kim Dozier is honored to call herself not a wounded warrior, but one who was wounded with warriors, and not a victim, but a survivor who is stronger and more resilient for the experience.
While covering the Iraq war in 2006, she and her team were following an army foot patrol that was hit by a car bomb. She turned the attack, rescue and recovery into “Breathing the Fire: Fighting to survive and get back to the fight.”
The author’s paperback and e-book profits have gone to charities like Fisher House and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, in memory of those lost that day: U.S. Army Captain James Alex Funkhouser and his Iraqi translator “Sam” and CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.
Four years after her injury, Dozier made one of the toughest calls of her career — leaving her CBS News family because her bosses were reluctant to let her go back in harm’s way—partly because they too were dealing with their own grief and survivor’s guilt.
She moved on to news organizations that have allowed her to travel to Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever the story takes her—and she tries to teach those she meets that out of combat injury or any major trauma can come resilience, and a stubborn drive to get back to the fight.