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The networks’ rising stars in war coverage

Mar 31, 2003  •  Post A Comment

MOST GROUND GAINED
Kerry Sanders, NBC
Embedded with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, his articulate reports exemplify the best of the embedding program, from his view of the continuing battles at Nasiriyah to his helping a wounded Marine phone home.
Peter Arnett, MSNBC/NBC/`National Geographic Explorer’
Once CNN’s man in Baghdad, he is seeing his journalistic stock rise again with each eyewitness report for NBC and MSNBC on the assault on the Iraqi capital.
Walter Rodgers, CNN
Traveling with the 7th Cavalry, he was one of the first embedded journalists to have a close encounter with incoming Iraqi fire. He picked himself up, dusted himself off and started reporting all over again.
Matt Lauer, NBC
It turns out he’s just as comfortable and convincing co-anchoring extended coverage shows from Qatar as he is he is sharing the Today couch with Katie Couric or playing J.Lo to Al Roker’s Puff Daddy.
Bill Hemmer, CNN
Paula Zahn’s American Morning co-anchor has gained confidence and heft and professional fans with his work in Kuwait City.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN
CNN’s medical correspondent was there-and so were viewers-when U.S. Navy doctors operated on an Iraqi prisoner of war.
Mike Cerre, Free-lancer/ABC
Assigned with the 1st Marines, one of most forward U.S. units, he has a knack for turning out stories, for Nightline, Good Morning America and other ABC News programs that reach out and touch the viewer without pandering.
Richard Engel, Free-lancer/ABC
Young, telegenic and determined to stay in Baghdad after other journalists left, he is ABC’s Peter Arnett. Watch his next step. It could be a big one.
Jim Axelrod, CBS
With a style that is as efficient as it seems effortless, his reports capture the big and the small moments of the campaign as the men and women of the 3rd Infantry Division’s First Brigade experience it.
Rageh Omaar, BBC
Don’t get the BBC? Look for his reports from Baghdad on ABC’s Nightline. Part postcard, part essay, it’s journalism that’s a treat for the ears. And the New York Post’s Page Six dishes that he’s a treat for the eyes.
Rick Leventhal, Fox
His embedding reports have portrayed the realities of life at the “tip of the spear” with the U.S. Marine 1st Expeditionary Force, from live tours of laundry-filled tents in the lull before the storm to coming under fire early while securing Iraqi territory for other coalition forces.
PENTAGON PLAYERS
Jim Miklaszewski, NBC
One of CNN’s earliest losses, he’s traveled the world but found his home at the Pentagon.
Carl Rochelle, MSNBC
CNN’s loss-he was one of about 400 laid off in a budget-slashing purge in 2000-has been MSNBC’s gain since his twelfth-hour hire to work.
John McWethy, ABC
Since 1979 the three-time Emmy winner has been ABC’s go-to guy at the Pentagon.
David Martin, CBS
Since 1983 he’s worked the Pentagon for CBS. Since 1993 he’s covered the Defense and State Departments as national security correspondent, a beat that earned him a duPont-Columbia Award last year.
Barbara Starr, CNN
ABC’s loss became CNN’s gain in 1998 when the Emmy winner switched teams at the Pentagon, where stolid reporting, Ashleigh Banfield specs and her gender help her stand out.
Bret Baier, Fox
He became the new kid on the national security block in October 2001.
HONOR ROLL
ABC: Dan Harris, Don Dahler; CBS: Lara Logan, Byron Pitts, John Roberts; CNN: Wolf Blitzer, Martin Savidge, Jane Arraf; NBC/MSNBC: Fred Francis, Chip Reid, Andrea Mitchell.