CBS Correspondent Cami McCormick Injured In Afghanistan
The CBS foreign correspondent Cami McCormick was injured in a roadside bomb incident today in Logar province of Afghanistan where she was traveling with the U.S. army, working on her assignment for CBS Radio News. It is not clear how seriously McCormick was injured, but she had surgery performed and is in the hospital for further treatment. Another solider from the same vehicle was killed. There is no information on whether McCormick’s assignment had to do with the surge in violence related to the recent presidential election in Afghanistan. The results of the election are not expected to be made official until early September. Twenty six people have reportedly died on the election day. Post-election violence continues to shake the country.
McCormick, 47, has worked for CBS Radio News for 11 years, making frequent reporting trips to Afghanistan and Iraq. She has been in Afghanistan since Aug. 13 covering the recent presidential election and the ongoing violence in the region.
McCormick joined CBS News in September, 1998. She has won numerous awards for her reporting on some of the biggest stories since that time. She was at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina wiped out its levees, and in the Gulf region for the start of the war in Iraq.
McCormick has been the personal recipient of five Edward R. Murrow awards and a contributor to more than a half a dozen others. Other honors include two AWRT "Gracie Allen Awards" for September 11th and Iraq war coverage, two Associated Press Awards, a CableAce Award for reporting on Boris Yeltsin’s re-election as Russian President and a Sigma Delta Chi Award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
The outpouring of well wishes for McCormick was all throughout Twitter:
"CBS Radio's Cami McCormick wounded by IED, soldier killed, in Afghanistan. She's as tough as they come & a great person - heal well Cami!"
"@CBSRadioNews's Cami McCormick seriously injured in Afghanistan. Real journalists still place themselves in harm's way to get the story."
"Prayers go out for CBS radio reporter Cami McCormick, severely injured in Afghanistan today."
McCormick's injuries once again raise the topic of the safety of journalists in the Middle East and other dangerous zones, as well as the safety of female journalists in particular. Just recently, two American female journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been released from detainment in North Korea, originally sentenced to 12 years in labour camps. In 2008, CBC correspondent Melissa Fung has been kidnapped in Afghanistan. She was later released after negotiations with no ransom paid.
The questions remaining in the wake of incident involving McCormcick are whether the networks are doing enough to protect their reporters. Or, are reporters being pushed to take on the extra risks to ensure better coverage?