Michael Ware


Michael Ware is the President/CEO of Penance Films and TV, an independent documentary film company based in Brisbane, Australia.

Prior to forming Penance, Michael was Chief Primetime Foreign Correspondent for CNN, reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Republic of Georgia, and Mexico.

Best known for his coverage of "Operation Iraqi Freedom," he lived in Baghdad for most of the war, first writing for
Time magazine (including two cover articles, Into the Hot Zone and Chasing the Ghosts) before moving to CNN in 2006. During his time with the network, he also presented two specials for CNN International, "Pakistan's Vital Vote" and "Iraq: Inside the Surge."

He left the network in 2011 to focus on creating in-depth programming that will examine the war's effect not only on the military sent to Iraq and the civilians unwilling caught up it, but also how it changed the governments and citizens whose policies led to such widespread bloodshed.

A Brisbane native, Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Queensland, as well as a degree in Political Science. He is also a columnist for
The Daily Beast.