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ABC News cameraman and soundman ambushed, killed in Iraq

by Meredith O'Brien, posted May 18th 2007 7:32PM

ABC News imageTwo ABC News journalists were ambushed and killed in Iraq as they were headed home from the ABC News Baghdad bureau yesterday, ABC announced.

Thirty-three-year-old cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, and 26-year-old soundman Saif Laith Yousuf were in their car when they were "reportedly ambushed and they were killed by unknown assailants" after being "stopped by two cars full of gunmen," ABC's web site reported. The network's Baghdad correspondent, Terry McCarthy said, "Today we've lost two family members, and it really hurts."

One hundred and four journalists have been killed while covering the Iraq War, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Notably, one of ABC's anchors, Bob Woodruff, sustained serious injuries while covering Iraq in January 2006.

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ABC photographer home from hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 25th 2006 11:14AM
Cameraman Doug Vogt is out of the hospital and headed to the home he shares with his wife in France. Vogt and ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff were riding with a military convoy outside of Baghdad last month when the vehicle they were riding in hit a roadside bomb. Both men were treated by military personnel and flown to Germany and then America for treatment. Vogt was released from Bethesda Medical Center this week, but Woodruff remains sedated. Doctors say Woodruff may be able to move to a care facility near his home in New York in the next few weeks.

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You stay classy, Torino

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 11th 2006 9:09AM
little lost robot torinoOne of the cameramen from the NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina is blogging behind-the-scenes of the Olympics. It's actually a neat little window into the way NBC works for its local affiliates. Yesterday, JL (AKA Little Lost Robot) spent most of the day running the camera for back-to-back live shots with the NBC Newschannel reporter who does live reports for affiliates across the U.S. every five minutes. He says the same lead-in and on camera tag for the same video package every for four hours straight. Nuts! JL even tried to mess with the guy (scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what he did).

While in Torino, JL has also blogged about some celebrity sightings of Brian Williams and Italian sports hero Alberto Tomba. He's an entertaining writer who takes some pretty candid (and funny) photos, so I would highly recommend bookmarking his website for the duration of the Olympics.

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Woodruff, Vogt improving -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 9th 2006 10:03AM
bob woodruff improvingDoug Vogt, the ABC camerman who was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, is in an outpatient facility this morning. He was moved to Bethesda Medical Center to continue his recovery.

ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff, who was injured in the same attack on Jan. 29, remains sedated. His injuries, to his upper torso, head, face, and brain, are much more serious than Vogt's. Doctors say that Woodruff is showing signs of improvement, but his road to recovery is going to be much longer and harder than Vogt's. In the meantime, ABC News chose to move Woodruff's co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, off the anchor desk and replace her, at least temporarily, with Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer.

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Injured ABC journalists return to USA -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 1st 2006 8:56AM
World News Tonight anchorman Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt arrived in the United States last night and are being treated at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. ABC says it considered moving the men to a private hospital but decided against it since the military doctors have experience treating victims of bombings. The picture at the right is of soldiers loading Woodruff on transport that would take him to a C-17 military plane in Germany. You can see from all the medical instruments, his injuries are very serious. Woodruff's family reports that he was hit in the face and brain with shrapnel when the Iraqi military vehicle he and Vogt were riding in hit a roadside bomb just outside Baghdad, Iraq over the weekend. Vogt, on the other hand, is reportedly in much better condition. He was laughing and making jokes while at the hospital in Germany, whereas Woodruff could barely open his eyes.

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ABC News anchor seriously injured in Iraq

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 29th 2006 6:23PM
Co-anchor of World News Tonight Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were injured when the vehicle they were riding in hit a roadside bomb early Sunday morning. The two apparently were standing up in a hatch, filming a story in the vehicle as it drove along.

The two are listed in stable but critical condition, after being flown to the "green zone" where military doctors operated on them. ABC is providing continuous updates on their conditions here.

Concidentally, today's Washington Post features an article about Woodruff and his co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas. In the article, Woodruff says his goal is "to be the best damn foreign correspondent I could be."

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