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Where the Buses Won't Go

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Oct. 22,  2004 8:45 AM
Malmo, Sweden

One final impression before departing London. I worked out of the Sky News offices where they have a fine cafeteria, or as they refer to it, a canteen. There was a choice of six hot meals or sandwiches. There were six women working behind the sandwich counter; all seemed to be young Poles. Next to the coldcuts there was a large metal tub of butter. When they slice your bread the first question they ask is if they should butter it, before putting on the meat. Most people in line opt to have the bread slathered with soft butter before the meat is added. That is how it was, I think, when my mother grew up.

Now in Malmo, Sweden, a city where a quarter of the population is Muslim, there are some parts of the city where buses refuse to go for fear of safety. Fireman, policemen, and ambulance drivers have been attacked in certain sections when trying to do their job. Swedes, though, are not an easy soundbite, perhaps because they are so thoughtful. They try to see things from every side. We went out with a policeman on patrol and spoke to him while he was walking around in the dangerous part of town. At one point I stopped him and said, "How does it feel to you, personally, when you come here trying to do your job, trying to help someone, and people throw rocks at you?" His response was that it was "a little annoying." Annoying. I imagined what kind of a colorful response I could have gotten from a New York policeman.

Of course some reporters already know what they are looking for before they go out and get it. I remember working as a producer at another company with a war correspondent in Chechnya, in southern Russia. He did not speak Russian so he would stand behind me as I asked the questions, not understanding anything, as the camera rolled to our side. I began asking an old woman about the effects of the war on her life, and her eyes got a little moist. Suddenly I felt a sharp dig in my back. It was the reporter poking me in the ribs with his finger. In a low guttural grunt he said in my ear, "Make her cry."

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Steve,

I love to read and watch your reports...It seems like so much that comes back from Iraq is watered down and NOT what is really happening for the Iraqi people and our young brave soldiers...I feel your reporting is genuine and real...

Keep up the good work...

— Tony (Denver, CO)


Steve,
 
I am a 65-year-old FOX News Junkie.  I catch FOX & Friends about 7:00 am ET and stay with it through Sean Hannity's show.  But, when you come on, the story is new, it's told at a level that conveys emotion and feelings.  Your coverage as an embedded journalist in Afghanistan and Iraq was the best, but your FOX colleagues did great work too.  I think that you are the best out of all the networks.

Regards,
 
— Don (Herdon, VA)



Steve,

Your reporting on Chechnya moved me. Moved me. And I have yet in 36 years to be moved by a reporter. I do read and look forward to your column every day. Stay safe, please.
 
Respectfully,

Travis



Steve,
 
Your stories remind me of Ernie Pile.  Every hear of him?  Most considered him one of the heroes of WWII because he got the story behind THE story.  He was with the troops, lived with the troops and cried with the troops. 
 
I enjoy your reporting.  Keep up the good work but be careful.
 
— Allen (Keyser, WV)



Mr. Harrigan -

I just discovered your blog on FOXNews.com. All I can say, is ... wow! Reading it was much more interesting than the canned reports we see on TV all the time - gives your readers a more human feel of what it is like to be there, in the middle of it all. I only wish there were more of your accounts there, I could have read those for hours.

Thanks for you doing what you do, and please let our military people know we appreciate what they are doing for us.

— Shannon (Louisville, KY)



Steve,

I keep FOX News on all day long, and anytime I see you, no matter how busy I am, I stop and watch. I am 63 years old, but must say you are my HERO.

— Mary (Milton, FL)



Mr. Harrigan,
 
As I read your story about lending your cell phone to some of our Marines, I was able to remember a time when I was in a similar situation in the military.  Had you lent me your cell phone in those dark hours, my son's name would probably be Steven Harrigan instead of Joshua Brian.  I wish you safety and joy.
 
— Ronald (Navy Veteran, '86-'90)



Steve, you are just an amazing reporter, going where no one in their right mind should go!  You first caught my attention when you were in northern Afghanistan LONG before there was a “war.” You seem to thrive on sharing the stories of what’s really going on with the men and women in the wars, and I really appreciate and actually enjoy your war reporting.  War is hell and you bring it home to us in a positive way, which is the way I see it.  You make it their story, which is the way it should be, but your own reporting is also memorable.  Hope you never quit.

 — Nita (Milford, CT)



Steve,

My son is a Soldier. Thank you for that story.

— Julie (Kentucky)

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.