I am returning to Iraq on January 5th, 2008 for a two week photojournalism project.
About the trip
I will be spending two weeks in Balad, Iraq as an embedded photojournalist with 2/147 Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) of the Minnesota National Guard.
This year I have a Pulitzer Prize winning writer joining me on the trip. John Camp is a former US Army journalist, former St Paul Pioneer Press reporter, and best selling novelist (writing as John Sandford).
We are looking forward to flying on combat missions in Blackhawk helicopters, and telling the stories of the Minnesotans flying them.
John and I are sponsored by MinnPost.Com, a non-profit news organization focused on Minnesota news. Stories and photography from our trip will be appearing daily on the MinnPost.Com website from Jan 7-18.
I will also be providing video to KSTP Channel 5, the Minneapolis ABC affiliate. I expect that my reporting will be appearing on several weeknights between January 9-16. Reports may appear on the 5pm and/or 10pm news. You can check my personal Iraq website for updates on the broadcast schedule.
I am also expecting to do several live radio call-in spots on WTIP the Northshore public radio station based in Grand Marais, Minnesota. If you are outside the WTIP listening area you can still listen to on the WTIP website. Again, check my personal Iraq website for broadcast schedule.
The St Paul Pioneer Press ran a short piece about our trip this morning: http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_7874101
Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)
Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/03/arrival_alignright_v.php