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Out of the Fire

War reporter and survivor named Distinguished Alumna

Kimberly Dozier Sean Gallagher

Foreign affairs graduate Kimberly Dozier (Grad ’93) will join the ranks of news anchor Katie Couric (Col ’79) and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (Law ’83) as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award, which has been presented by the UVA Women’s Center for 20 years.

An Associated Press and CBS News journalist, Dozier spent more than three years reporting from Baghdad before a car bomb seriously injured her, and killed the other journalists working alongside her. After documenting her experience in a memoir, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report—and Survive—the War in Iraq, Dozier returned to the job of tracking U.S. military involvement, this time in Afghanistan and Pakistan.