I learned today that Michael has parted ways with CNN.
In addition to having taken a break to work on his book, it is no secret that he has been grappling with PTSD, brought on from the hellish years he worked in Baghdad. Unfortunately, when he needed more time off in order to deal with things, his request was denied. So he will not be returning.
While it is a huge loss for us (and for CNN) I am extremely relieved that he chose to take care of his own needs first. And while I sincerely hope that he will return to US television someday on another network, it is far more important that he gets the care he needs.
I will, of course, continue to keep track of whatever work he does -- his book or other writings, or if he makes appearances here or in Australia.
When I started this site, he was working for Time magazine. I was delighted when he transitioned to CNN, knowing that it meant we would get more of his remarkable work. And now there will be a new chapter in his career to look forward to ... but only after this brief intermission.
If you care to express your opinion about this, I welcome you to come over to the blog to do so, and also hope you will let CNN know what you're thinking.