January 30, 2012 — Kimberly Dozier, a 1993 University of Virginia alumna, faced one of a journalist's worst nightmares. In 2006, while preparing a Memorial Day story about U.S. troops in Baghdad for CBS News, she was seriously injured when a nearby car bomb exploded, killing everyone in her group – except for her.
The U.Va. Women's Center will honor Dozier, who graduated with a master's degree in foreign affairs from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, with the 2012 U.Va. Distinguished Alumna Award at an invitation-only reception on March 22 at the Boar's Head Inn.
Later in the day, Dozier will give a public talk at 4 p.m. in the solarium of the Colonnade Club, Pavilion V, and read from her newly published memoir as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. A question-and-answer session, book signing and reception will follow.
Dozier published her now-sold-out memoir, "Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report – and Survive – the War in Iraq," in 2008, detailing her recovery from the bomb that hit her team. She re-released the book as a paperback in November, updating it to reflect her return to the field in "Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight."
Dozier has returned to a job that still takes her to the heart of the war on violent extremism in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond. She currently covers intelligence and counterterrorism as a correspondent in the field for the Associated Press.
Before her move to AP, she covered the White House and the Pentagon for CBS News' Washington bureau from 2007 to 2010. She was stationed in Baghdad from 2003 to 2006 as CBS's top reporter in Iraq when the car bomb hit.
Dozier is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2008 Peabody Award and the 2008 RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting. She also received three American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, as well as the organization's 2007 Grand Gracie Award for her work in Iraq. In 2008, Dozier became the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation's McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism.
U.Va.'s Distinguished Alumna Award, presented by the Women's Center for 20 years, has honored such accomplished U.Va. alumnae as news anchor Katie Couric; Janet Napolitano, former Arizona governor and now secretary of Homeland Security; women's basketball star Dawn Staley, head coach of the University of South Carolina women's basketball team; and former NASA astronaut Kathryn Thornton, associate dean of graduate programs for U.Va.'s Engineering School.