2007 in review

2007 was a year of incredible reporting from Michael, his first full year with CNN. There are 225 posts in the 'Iraq 2007' section, another 52 from the RWC in October. I compiled 313 total video clips this year.

Here is a list of some highlights... and it's a long list!


Holiday time

With Michael out of Iraq for his holiday break, it will be quiet for the next couple of weeks. I have some old material (radio interviews, mostly) that I will try to convert and post while he's away. As it happens, I am off work for a couple weeks following a minor but painful injury, so depending on how well the pain meds work, hope to get some additional work done on the site.

In the meantime, wherever you are and however you celebrate, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a joyous 2008. (And if anybody has the opportunity, please buy Michael a drink for me!) Cheers!

Once more with the Monocle photo

Sharon finally tracked down a print copy of the magazine, and the online photo was cropped. So here is the full version. (The washed-out color is due to the article being printed on recycled paper. Good for the environment, not so great for photographs.)


New look

As you can see, I've made a few changes to the site. Some are just cosmetic, others are in hopes of making site navigation easier. There are still a few additions to be made, but I wanted to unveil this today since it is the two-year anniversary of the first time I heard Michael on TV.

To say that this site had very humble beginnings is an understatement -- at first I was just sharing his clips with friends, because his reports were so unlike what we were hearing from the rest of the media. Within a couple months I put up a very small site to hold all of the ones I had been able to copy, and then he started making more and more appearances on CNN, and my collection got bigger. Eventually I had to move to a larger host company, and then he signed with CNN, and there are some days when I can barely keep up with him!

Along the way I bought a TiVo, several software upgrades, a second TiVo, even more webspace... I've heard from people all around the world who consider his reports a vital resource in understanding what happened (and is still happening) in Iraq and thanking me for making his work readily available. More importantly, the rest of the media, and the world, has caught up with him and now understands what he was saying two long years ago.

One thing that hasn't changed: the honesty and courage that was so absolutely stunning to me that first night remains so today. We are extremely fortunate that a man like Michael Ware cares so very much about learning the truth and passing it on to us.

Monocle: My last meal

Many thanks to Maxie (a Monocle subscriber) for sending along the full interview...