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April 18, 2008

As the war in Iraq moves further into its fifth year, bombings and shootings continue — especially in Sadr City. Among the journalists on the ground in that conflicted area is Leila Fadel, the Baghdad bureau chief for McClatchy Company. Fadel spoke with Bill Moyers when she was in New York to receive the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

Fadel's work is not only featured in the 30 McClatchy newspapers around the country, but in her blog, Baghdad Observer. In her April 2, 2008 blog posting Fadel acknowledged a critique by a military friend about her recent article on the civilian casualties of U.S. operations in the area. Fadel noted the complexity of the situation faced by Iraqis and U.S. forces alike, as well as reporters on the ground:

The point of the piece today was to show the general anger and sadness felt in Sadr City. Today our bureau will tell another story and tomorrow another. Everyone of them will anger someone, everyone will shine a light on a different struggle in this war.
You can read the stories which earned Leila Fadel her Polk Award below:

> Leila Fadel will be taking viewer questions on The Moyers Blog.

> Read Leila Fadel, April 18, 2008 report" "GIs in Sadr City under fire from friends and foes".

> Plus, read the blog of the McClatchy staff in Iraq: Inside Iraq.


Leila Fadel is McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau Chief. She has covered the war in Iraq for Knight Ridder and now McClatchy on and off since June 2005, as well as the 34-day war in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel in the summer of 2006. Prior to joining the McClatchy team she worked at the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM as a crime and higher education reporter.

Fadel graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2004 and has lived in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. She speaks conversational Arabic. She was named print journalist of the year by the Houston Press Club for her work in 2005 and won a Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club in 2006 for her portfolio of work.

Her Iraq reporting won her Print Journalist of the Year honors from the Houston Press Club citing her work from "Bedford (Texas) to Baghdad."

Published on April 18, 2008.

Guest photo by Robin Holland

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