June 26, 2003
Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV journalists team up to create a special television program on The Iraq War
Dallas,TX -- Seven journalists, two of them working in a war zone for more than three months, putting everything on the line in the name of their job. They risked their lives for a story, but in the process they learned a lot about themselves, the war in Iraq, the soldiers who fought it, and the people who live there.
Sunday at 10:45 p.m., WFAA-TV (Channel 8) and The Dallas Morning News will present an hour-long program, "War Stories." The show is a combination of never-before-seen photographs shot by Dallas Morning News photographers David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer, and video from Leeson and the WFAA news crew of photographer Doug Burgess and reporter Byron Harris. It also features extensive commentary from Dallas Morning News reporters Tod Robberson, Ed Timms and Washington bureau reporter Jim Landers. Along with Burgess, Harris, Diaz Meyer and Leeson, all of these journalists share their intimate thoughts in this one-hour program. With the exception of Robberson, all of the journalists were embedded at some stage with various U.S. military units involved in the Iraq war.
Stuart Wilk, vice president and managing editor of The Dallas Morning News said, "David Leeson's video gives us a sometimes-harrowing record of how journalists for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV covered the Iraq war-and the profound impact the war had on them professionally and personally. It's a remarkable piece of work."
"War Stories" depicts a side of the Iraq conflict that most Americans have not seen in mainstream reports on the war. Portions of the program were previewed earlier this week to staff members of the television station and the newspaper at a special meeting.
"The photographers and reporters from The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV told us how the experience changed their lives," said David Duitch, WFAA vice president/news. "'War Stories' looks at the war in Iraq from a rare personal perspective of journalists on the front lines, and features commentary like nothing I have ever seen to this point. It is truly riveting material."
David Leeson and Byron Harris are the program's executive producers. Leeson's son, David, produced the music for the program.
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