MRE member, Kimberly Dozier, best-selling author of “Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight” (2011), has been named the 2014-15 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership.
While in residence, she will teach at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College.
“I look forward to sharing some tough lessons from the field, and from Washington, D.C., with the students of three great institutions, while working on another book to pay it forward to those taking risks on our behalf overseas,” Dozier stated.
Dozier covered the war in Iraq for CBS News from 2003 until May 29, 2006, when she was critically wounded in a car bombing that killed the U.S. Army officer that her team was filming, Capt. James Alex Funkhouser, his Iraqi translator “Sam,” and her CBS colleagues, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan. In her memoir “Breathing the Fire,” Dozier recounts the attack, her injuries and the long road to recovery, including dozens of major surgeries, skin grafts, and extensive physical rehabilitation before she was able to resume her career nine months later.
The author’s proceeds from the paperback and e-book go to charities for the combat injured like Fisher House, including funding donations of the paperback to patients and families going through the same medical crisis.
Dozier left CBS News in March 2010 for The Associated Press, where she spent the past four years covering intelligence and special operations.
During her time as the Bradley Chair, her research will focus on a new book on resiliency, the intelligence community and special operations. In addition, she will be a contributing writer for The Daily Beast.
Dozier has received a Peabody award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and four American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Awards. She is the first woman journalist to receive the National Medal of Honor Society’s Tex McCrary Award for her coverage of Iraq.
Born in Hawaii, Dozier graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Anthropology/Human Rights and Spanish, and earned a Masters of Foreign Affairs/Middle East at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Named in memory of the World War II hero, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair also seeks to enhance the study of leadership and encourage civilian-military dialogue and contribute to the educational and research activities of the partner institutions.
A joint initiative among the U.S. Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership has been held by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson; Dr. Richard Kohn, a nationally recognized expert in the relationship between civilian leadership and the military officer corps; Navy Adm. Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence; Phillip “P.J.” Crowley, former assistant secretary of state for public affairs; and former Congressman Joe Sestak.
She can be followed on Twitter @kimberlydozier or via kimberlydozier.com.