It's 4:30 a.m. in Tennessee

[ed. note: Don't miss "Venezuela's Slippery Slope" a 3-part series starting tonight on the FOX Report, 7 pm ET.]

Feb. 1, 2005 4:30 a.m.

It's 4:30 am, black east Tennessee, I'm looking for the right song. If you turn the volume up in a rented Deville it's enough to move the cuffs of your jeans.

Saw my father in the hospital with emphysema. Stopped at an empty Ben and Jerry's to get him a chocolate shake, then thought for a second and made it two.

“What size?”

“The biggest you got.”

FOX was on in the room with the sound off. The only difference was, in the hospital the TV was higher up on the wall.

We picked up Kat from first grade. We were the first car in line at ten of three. My mother said Kat liked us to be first. I was glad we were. The bell rang at 3:05. I got out of the car to look. When one little girl saw her mother, she ran to her. The mother was so happy she ran a few steps too. Did this happen every day? I saw Kat walking with a friend but still looking too. I saw my brother in her face. I watched and saw her see my mother. I stood and watched her come to the car.

Venezuela this week, Saudi Arabia next week, and then Congo.

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Dear Fox News:

I just saw Steve Harrigan on "The O'Reilly Factor." He was commenting on the upcoming election in Iraq. I was extremely impressed with his no-nonsense reporting. It was refreshing to see. We need more reporters like him. I could see the intensity, honesty, and passion in him. I've never written anything like this before but after seeing him I just had to send in this e-mail. Whatever you are paying him, he deserves every penny and more!

Bob Cook

I just watched your interview of Steve Harrigan on "The Factor" this evening. His visible emotion regarding the dangers faced by Iraqi citizens and journalists was very telling. Mr. Harrigan did more to "cover the story" in Iraq during those few moments than all the network news blabber combined. Bravo!
— Steve (Independence, MO)

Dear Steve,

I watched you today on "FOX and Friends" as well as "The Factor" with Mr. O'Reilly.

I have enjoyed your reporting for the past two years. I just wanted to tell you how moved I was by your honest report of the upcoming elections. I wish more people would have told us what REALLY to expect on Sunday. PLEASE take care of you!! We need truth-bearers.

— Dawn (Washington, NJ)

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There isn't anyone who can bring us the news out of Iraq like you do. I was surprised to see you on FOX this morning and I hope it is your choice not be in Iraq at this historical time. You certainly have played a major part in the history of this war. Thanks for doing such a good job keeping us informed. Stay safe. Karen

I am a former Marine Corps Officer and my son is an active duty Marine on an Abrahms tank crew who rotates to Iraq within 45 days.

It is these people he will be fighting for. Thank you

— John

I caught you this AM on "FOX and Friends," which quite frankly, I rarely watch. I appreciated your frankness and honesty as you tried to paint an accurate picture of the situation. And I really laughed at your "lawyer" comment to Kilmeade. Good one. Stay safe.

— Steve (Glen Burnie, MD)

Just got finished watching you on "FOX & Friends." Glad to see you safe and sound. I really appreciate your bluntness! Will look forward to your future blogs when you go to the Congo. Are you going back to Baghdad?

— Barb (Fort Worth, TX)

I love reading your blogs. I am an avid FOX News fan. You are my favorite reporter, although I have missed seing you on TV for a while. I really enjoyed your coverage of the Afghanistan War. I go to the FOX News Website several times a day. I love reading about what you have been doing. Thanks for sharing with us. It gives me an insight into what a reporter's lifestyle might be like. I have a question. Are you from Knoxville? I am a native Tennessean. I love my home state, especially UT football.

Take care and thanks for keeping up your articles. Keep them coming.

— Suzanne

Harrigan, YOU are CRAZY! You are my most admired correspondent of a group of many men and women who will give it all for the best coverage of the biggest story of the moment. I guess my concern ya gonna top what you have given us in the past couple of years in Afghanistan and Iraq when it is all over, how are you gonna fill your day? I worry for you, I wish you well...

— Gary

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.