NPR's Anne Garrels Heading Home
Correspondent Ends 40-Day Sojourn in Baghdad

NPR's Anne Garrels
NPR's Anne Garrels, seen here reporting from Afghanistan in 2002.
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April 15, 2003 -- After more than two months in Baghdad, Anne Garrels is on the way home. She arrived in Amman, Jordan, a little while ago after a nine-hour drive through the desert. (Annie noted that the trip usually takes 14 hours but that, this time, "we didn't have to spend five hours waiting at the border, because there is no more border right now.")

She said the high point of her arrival in Amman was enjoying that rarest of luxuries in wartime Baghdad -- namely, a shower. "I am all puckered up for lots of reasons -- now I am a shriveled mass from standing in a hot shower for probably far too long," Annie reports. "It felt great and NPR has promised to pay my laundry bill!"

She expects to be back in the United States by week's end, where stacks of letters and e-mails are waiting for her, praising the special combination of fearlessness, humanity and power that she brought to her reporting.

-- Bruce Drake, Vice President for News and Information

In Depth

click for more Listen to Anne Garrels report on the mood in Baghdad on the day the Iraqi capital fell to U.S. forces. April 9, 2003

click for more Listen to Anne Garrels report on the growing number of casualties, both Iraqi civilians and foreign journalists, as the fight for Baghdad intensified. April 8, 2003

click for more Hear more NPR reports on Iraq by Anne Garrels.

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