Kim Dozier joined The Daily Beast in April 2014, after four years as AP’s intelligence writer with trips to cover the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and 17 years as an award-winning CBS News correspondent.
She held the 2014-2015 Bradley Chair at the U.S. Army War College, Penn State Law and Dickinson, while working on a book on resiliency and clandestine operations. Dozier covered the war in Iraq from 2003, until she was wounded in a car bombing in 2006. That bombing killed the U.S. Army officer her team was filming--CAPT. James Alex Funkhouser, along with his Iraqi translator "Sam," and Dozier's colleagues CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.
In her powerful, best-selling memoir, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report and Get Back to the Fight, she recounts the deadly attack and her journey to full recovery, thanks to the troops on the ground and a vast army of medical professionals that put her back together. The author's proceeds from the paperback version, published on Veteran's Day 2011, go to charities for injured troops like Fisher House.
Dozier endured more than three dozen surgeries and months of rehab before returning to her job at CBS News, nine months after the bombing. 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 in harm's way. She joined the AP, which has many previously injured reporters back at the front lines.
Before her move to AP, Dozier covered the White House and the Pentagon for CBS News' Washington bureau from 2007 to 2010. She worked primarily in Iraq from 2003 to 2006, spending most time of her in Baghdad from her home bureau in Jerusalem. In her fourteen-year-career as a foreign correspondent, she covered the Middle East extensively for CBS News, as well as The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Monitor Radio, Voice of America and the BBC World Service.
Her assignments have spanned several continents -- from Iraq under Saddam to the invasion of Afghanistan and the hunt for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, to the Kosovo refugee exodus, Vladimir Putin's election, the downing of a U.S. spy plane in China and the violence in Northern Ireland.
Dozier broadcast awards include a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi (pronounced “Ky”) 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.
Dozier has spoken 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 and the University of Virginia -- with funds from speaking to national security-related organizations going to charities for injured troops.