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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 2, 2006

CBS correspondent learns colleagues died

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Kimberly Dozier

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CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier is awake and asking questions about what happened to fellow crew members in the explosion that wounded her, CBS News said.

Dozier, 39, on a ventilator and unable to speak, has been writing notes to family and colleagues, CBS said. The Honolulu native was wounded May 29 in a Baghdad car bombing that killed cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and sound technician James Brolan, 42.

"Her family and doctors agreed, if she asked, that she should be told what happened, that Paul and James died in the attack, and they did so," CBS president Sean McManus said in a note to CBS workers today.

Dozier was born in Honolulu and lived in Kailua until she was 5, when her family moved to Guam.

Dozier remains in critical but stable condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where she is being treated for head and leg wounds, CBS said.

Doctors want to give her a couple more days to stabilize before sending her to a hospital in the U.S. for further treatment, CBS said on its Web site.

The CBS crew was traveling with the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division. They were in a central Baghdad street, accompanying soldiers inspecting a checkpoint manned by Iraqi forces, when an explosives-packed car blew up. A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter also died, and six U.S. soldiers were wounded in the explosion.

Family, friends and colleagues attended a private ceremony in London today for Douglas and Brolan, CBS said.

Douglas worked for CBS in many countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Bosnia, the network said. Brolan was a freelancer who worked for CBS in Baghdad and Afghanistan during the past year, CBS said.

The Bloomberg News service contributed to this report.