Anne Garrels

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Anne Garrels is a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in the United States. She was one of the few Western journalists who remained in Baghdad and reported live during the 2003 Iraq War. Currently she is a director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Shortly after her return from Iraq, she published Naked in Baghdad (ISBN 0374529035), a memoir of her time covering the events surrounding the invasion. She has since returned to Iraq several times for NPR, including during the January 2005 Iraqi election, which she covered from Najaf. She was an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marines during the November 2004 attack on Fallujah and, on November 10, 2004, was the reporter who first reported information, soon refuted, that the Marines had found a "store of sarin nerve gas" during the attack [1].

Garrels graduated from Harvard University in 1972. In the 1980's, Garrels was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations [2]. Before joining NPR in 1988, Garrels was the NBC News correspondent at the U.S. State Department. Prior to that, Garrels worked at ABC News in a variety of positions over the course of ten years. She served three years as Moscow bureau chief and correspondent until she was expelled in 1982 [3].

Garrels is married to J. Vinton Lawrence, one of two CIA agents in Laos in the early 1960s, working with the Hmong tribesman and the CIA-owned airline Air America [4], [5]. Garrels and Lawrence live in Connecticut [6].

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