• E-mail Steve
Sept. 29, 2004 6:54 p.m.
Marv Hubbard was a running back for the Oakland Raiders some time ago. He always wore a lot of extra body protection. It slowed him down, but I remember he said it prevented him from getting injured.
I was sitting in a steak restaurant in Amman last night with the team that just came out of Baghdad. They were giddy. I was in quite a different mood, about to go in. The phone rang in my pocket, and I went outside to talk. It was a guy from a body armor company that had been recommended to me. I had read about new shoulder protection being built for U.S. soldiers and I wanted to see if it was available. I was also interested in eye protection, protective pants and anything else he could think of. He had the shoulder gear and pants, which I hope to get soon.
Now you need visas to get into Iraq; you can't just fly into Baghdad and walk through the border, so it takes an extra day or two in Jordan. It is good to have time to sleep off the jet lag. I first heard about the possibility of going back to Iraq when I was in Moscow. We were eating massive amounts of pelmeni, Siberian meat dumplings covered in sour cream, when a message popped up on the computer screen asking about Iraq. A message like that can give you indigestion, a mild panic attack, or some combination of the two. My initial reaction about being sent to a difficult place is excitement. This gradually shifts to a serious face as I start to figure out what I need. Wherever you are, you forget about everything else and start mentally planning. It is a good thing I have two friends here, Ahmed our Jordanian fixer, who has a Ph.D. in math, and Carlos the producer. Carlos will be the boss in Iraq, and he's steady. The three of us had lunch today, then green tea, then Carlos and I went to the weight room. Everyone is in the same boat, and we all speak directly to each other, which is a real relief because in places like this you need friends. By the end of our conversation I was calling Ahmed "Dr. A," Ahmed was calling me "Dr. Harrigan," and Carlos was calling me "bitch."
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I have been watching you since Afghanistan. I think you realize the importance of what you do and say. Not just for us at home, but also for the people in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The thing is that you get it. I hope to see you on television everyday.
We love you,
Ms. A. Griffin HQ
Kings Bay, Georgia
You have friends here, too...and we are there with you closely in thought and spirit.
Alison (North Carolina)
I have been reading your blogs for awhile now. You are a gifted writer able to capture a moment in time with brevity. I am often amazed how easily you convey a mood, feeling or thought without being obvious about doing so. Keep up the work. Some day historians will read these blogs as a primary source and will be delighted to find not only facts but all those extra things that make history more than just dates and events.
I have been in awe of the great job you do for FOX News and all the viewers. Your dedication and candid approach is very appreciated!
I really enjoyed reading your blog, you definitely have a gift to share with all of us..
Thanks for everything you do,
Steve, you are providing this country such important information at the risk of your physical and mental health. Just wanted to say thank you.
Jo Ann (Cottonwood, AZ)
Your professionalism caught my attention on FOX News at the beginning of the war in Iraq. I trust what you say and I enjoy all of your reports. Keep up the good work. You encourage my outlook for the future of America.
Margaret (Fairfax, VA)
What is it that makes your reporting so unique? You tell the simple truth, the whole story as it is. You don't add to or take away details to your reports to achieve sensationalism as many other reporters do. Please don't ever change your style!
Elaine (MO City, TX)
Thanks for your article. Please continue to give us these insights. Your piece epitomizes the reasons I now listen to FOX. Give us the real news, notice what is really occurring, investigate the occurrence thoroughly on site. Give all the possible information. If Americans are ignorant of attitudes and life overseas it is due to the quality of the reporting we receive.
Sometimes I feel like I know you. Everyday as I watch FOX, I catch you on a live report somewhere. You do a nice job and I feel that you are a truthful reporter. You seem a little deadpan, but that is a compliment because you are not giving your opinion but rather reporting the story. I think lately, reporters feel that reporting is beneath them and editorializing is less work and just way more fun! Thanks for sharing with us.
I heard and reread Prime Minister Allawi’s speech given today. He mentions that the foreign media have lost interest and left Iraq. I am hoping you will continue to be our eyes and ears on the entire picture of Iraq, not just the focus on tragedies, brutal and barbaric murders but also the positive building of schools, health centers and infrastructure.
Again, thanks for the great job you are doing.
I just wanted to thank you for being the type of reporter that you are. You show us glimpses of life in the world's most dangerous places that few Americans can even imagine. I look foreword to each of your updates from wherever in the world you happen to be. Your reports strip away the
embellishment and drama that other reporters dish out to make their stories more readable. Your stories need none of that because they stand on their own as the most interesting reading on FOX News. You stick your neck out and experience horrors few of us will ever know to get your stories and I for one am proud that you are a fellow American. Please keep your head down,
watch your back and keep up the super reporting!
— Michael (Rockhill, SC)
Push on, we need the facts, being graphic sometimes is the only way to reach the minds and hearts of the world.
Keep the wires open, and thanks,
I have been in awe of your courage and talent since before the Afghanistan war on terror. You have the guts of a special forces soldier and incredible intellect. I have learned more from you than I have all of the so-called pundits combined. Have you ever thought about teaching a journalism class or writing a book? Your reporting from Russia has been understandably understated. Please watch yourself. I don't think Putin appreciates the candor of FOX News.
Karen, Dayton OH
Greetings From Sunny California Steve,
Just a short note to let you know that we Californians are very proud of you for the job you're doing over there!! We watch you as often as FOX shows you on the screen, and have grown to love your blogs! Keep up the fantastic work young man!!
I have enjoyed your reporting for clarity and accuracy. I respect you for your bravery. You're doing a fine job for FOX but more importantly for the American people.
I'm pleased to discover your blog and look forward to your continued reports from Moscow.
Thank you for your intelligent reporting. I'm appalled that Putin is making moves toward another police state and that everyone seems complacent about it. I think that if you and Fox News would really publicize what's going on there, it could help the cause of "democracy," which we're spilling blood for in Iraq. After all, Putin was the former KGB head, wasn't he? I've never trusted him. Thank you for not letting what he is doing slip by unnoticed. Take care and stay safe.
One of my first daily routines is to sit at my computer and read local and then national news sites. I have been doing this for well over a year. About a month and a half ago, I started reading your blogs. This has become a daily thing for me, I am drawn to your writing style and most importantly, what you are saying. I wish you the best of luck and the safest of journeys.
May the road rise up to meet your feet.
In one of your recent blogs you mentioned Sept. 10th is your birthdate. My husband and I would like to wish you a very "Happy Birthday." We always look forward to your reports because we know we will get the TRUTH. Thanks for telling it like it is.
Wayland and Pat (Eagle Rock, VA)
I have been watching you as you broadcast from all over the world, and have admired your courage under fire, your no-nonsense style of reporting. It so reminds me of the fine reporters we enjoyed listening to during WWII. You have made a name for yourself in war reporting. Keep it up!
— Judith (Kiln, MS)
Dear Steve & All:
Thank you for being there to allow us to see what horrible things are being done. I don't think I could do your job.
Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.