Michael on TodayTonight program


Another Aussie program, many thanks to Morpium for supplying the video!


OBL dead, Michael on Brisbane TV


Michael was on Channel 7 in Brisbane to discuss the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. (Sorry about the advert, haven’t been able to do a direct download yet, this is an embed from Ch7’s site.):


Newsweek update

The print version of Michael’s Newsweek column has an old photo we’ve not seen before. (Thanks to Maxie for scanning in it for me.)


Michael writes for Newsweek: I Walk With Ghosts

Michael has written a heartbreaking column for Newsweek remembering Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros and also delving deeper into his own struggles in coping with the pain of covering wars.

Tina Brown’s introduction is here:
The Price of a Photo

Michael’s column is here:
To Walk With Ghosts

(I will add them both to the site in a week or so but for now, please visit the Newsweek site to read them.)

Michael joins The Daily Beast

Great news! Michael is now a contributor to The Daily Beast! You can check out his page here and also subscribe to an RSS feed. (Thanks to Sharon for the tip!)

Restoring some edited Cafferty

Back in April 2007, Jack Cafferty gave one of his glowing commentaries on Michael’s work during The Situation Room. Unfortunately, he mentioned Michael’s son ... at a time when Michael was doing his level best to keep anyone from learning of young Jack’s existence, for security reasons. At the time, I edited the comments out, but I did keep the clip. I have restored it to the bottom of the page from that day’s report, so you can now view it here.

Australian Story honored

Last night in Las Vegas, the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards were presented during the NAB convention, and the Australian Story program about Michael received two awards -- a Gold World Medal in the Biography/Profile category and a Silver World Medal in the Magazine Format category. Congratulations to producers Claire Forster and Renata Gombac for capturing Michael’s gut-wrenching story in such an open and honest way -- even those of us who have followed his career closely were stunned by some of the revelations presented in the program.

If you alive in Australia, you can watch the video on the
Australian Story website. If you live outside Australia, you can watch it here: Part One | Part Two

Two new old radio interviews

Sharon dug up a couple vintage NPR interviews that Michael did -- one in December 2002 re Afghanistan and the other from November 2003 from Baghdad.

Transforming Afghanistan
Winning the War

Full clips of the UQ talk (February)

UQ posted clips of Michael’s talk and Q&A session from February.

If you’ve watched the clips I posted before, you’ve seen parts 1-3; 4 & 5 will be new.


Photos from AIIA

AIIA has posted photos from Michael’s talk on March 8th:


The Next Project

Michael has gone public with information about the new project that he is working on:

correspondent Michael Ware with a guard
on the Iraqi front lines between Shorish and Kirkuk.

Frontline witness to brutality

4 Mar 11 @ 04:30am by Candice Holznagel

NEVER-BEFORE seen footage from the hands of al-Qaeda insurgents will bring the brutal truth of war to the big screen in a cinema film being produced by Brisbane journalist Michael Ware.

Ware, who spent his childhood days in Caloundra, is somewhat of a celebrity in the US after almost 10 years abroad bringing the reality of the Afghan and Iraq wars to the western world.

Kings Beach, where his family holidayed regularly, is a stark comparison to the life Ware went on to live.

As a Time magazine reporter and then with news organisation CNN, Ware reported from both within the US Army and as a man living among the insurgents.

His experiences, including being kidnapped and held at gunpoint, were gut-wrenching.


Brisbane talks

Big, big thanks to Nicole for letting me know that QUT has posted the video of the talk Michael gave there earlier this month. The clip is embedded on this page, and a larger version can be accessed via this link. (The video freezes partway through, but the audio continues through the end of the talk; unfortunately they cut the Q&A section. Hopefully they can fix the glitch, and hopefully they got the Q&As on tape and can include those!) The video has no controls, so no chance I can create a transcript for this one.

[I’ve reconverted the clip as
.mp4 and .m4v formats -- one worked for me on a PC and the other on a Mac.]

Also, overnight the AIIA posted details of Michael's talk for them on March 8:


Goodbye to CNN

Michael has confirmed to me that he has left CNN, although he is not yet ready to disclose discussions about plans for his return to US television.

That said, he has other projects cooking as well. He is currently working very hard on something that I am confident everyone will agree will have been worth the wait. (This is not the book; that is still percolating. This is something new and very, very exciting.)


Another speaking engagement in Brisbane

A tweet from The Australian Institute of International Affairs announced that Michael will be speaking there on Tuesday, March 8th. They promised more details soon, keep an eye on their site.

Michael to speak at University of Queensland

Michael will be giving a lecture at the University of Queensland next month. Hopefully some attendees will blog/tweet/record/whatever...!

Alumni Lunch Lecture: Mr Michael Ware – CNN Journalist
Date: Wednesday, 09 February 2011
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Room: Seminar Room East
Location: UQ Business School Downtown, Level 19, Central Plaza One, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane
URL: http://www.bel.uq.edu.au/alumni-lunch-lectures

Michael on Nine News re Brisbane flood (?)

A law professor at QUT tweeted yesterday that Michael was interviewed on Nine News, although he gave no details. It would have been around 10am there and at the time Nine was doing live coverage of the flooding in Brisbane, so I would assume that’s what he was talking about. They have not posted the clip online. Hopefully he was just walking about and checking on things and he and his family are safe and dry...