In Los Angeles tonight CBS correspondent and Iraq car bombing survivor Kimberly Dozier will present an International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism award to Farida Nekzad, 31, managing editor and deputy director of Pajhwok Afghan News and vice president of the South Asia Media Commission, according to a press release.
Joining Dozier will be Christiane Amanpour, Amy Adams, Maria Bello, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Diablo Cody, Diane English and Ginnifer Goodwin. Other honorees include Seygul Uludag, Aye Aye Win and Edith Lederer.
“Nekzad frequently puts her life on the line to report the news. Despite working under tremendous pressure at a time when women journalists in particular are being threatened for their reporting in Afghanistan, Nekzad is committed to staying in her country to work toward a free press and greater equality for women journalists,” according to the release.
Background on Kimberly Dozier
On Memorial Day 2006, Dozier was gravely injured by a car bomb while reporting a story in Baghdad about American soldiers working with Iraqi security forces. Dozierâ€™s colleagues, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were killed, as were the U.S. Army captain they were following, James Alex Funkhouser and his Iraqi translator. Originally not expected to survive, Dozier was studded with burning shrapnel from head to toe, including a small shard that penetrated her skull. Both femurs were smashed (one in three places), and the fire from the explosion scorched off muscle and skin from hips to ankles on both legs. By the time she arrived at Baghdad’s main casualty hospital, sheâ€™d lost more than half her blood and had “coded,” requiring resuscitation five times on the operating table. Her recent book Breathing the Fire graphically recounts the bombing and her fight to survive; and thanks to the people that saved her, she has made a full recovery. To honor those people and the combat injured, Dozier will be running a 10K Marine Corp race in Washington, D.C., later this month.