Mike and Carlos Boettcher are the only reporters devoted to full time coverage of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They first embedded with U.S. forces in August 2008. Mike Boettcher was serving as an embedded freelance journalist with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division along with his son Carlos as a part of his “No Ignoring” project, where they covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and told the stories of the soldier and Marines fighting them.A veteran network news correspondent, Mike Boettcher had been previously recognized with some of journalism’s top awards, including four Emmy Awards, a National Headliner Award and a Peabody for his coverage of world events.Boettcher has witnessed three decades of conflict, having covering conflicts for NBC News and CNN, and has also been a victim of terrorism himself. For example, he was kidnapped and threatened with execution in El Salvador in 1985 and, 20 years later, he survived a suicide bomber attack and a roadside bombing in Baghdad. Boettcher’s experience covering Iraq dates back to Operation Desert Storm in 1991, when he was embedded with the U.S. Marines. That same year, he won an Emmy for his coverage of the Kurdish refugee crisis in Iraq.
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