Kathy Gannon

Kathy Gannon serves as special regional correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Associated Press. She has covered the region for the AP as a correspondent and bureau chief since 1988. In April 2014, Gannon was seriously wounded while covering preparations for Afghan national elections when an Afghan police officer opened fire on the car in which she was riding. Her colleague and close friend Anja Niedringhaus was killed in the attack. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Honorable Mention for international best newspaper or wire service reporting and the AP’s Oliver S. Gramling Award in Journalism. She was the Council on Foreign Relations’ Edward R. Murrow Fellow, and was honored with the 2002 IWMF Courage In Journalism Award. Gannon is also the author of “I is for Infidel: From Holy War, to Holy Terror, 18 Years Inside Afghanistan,” an examination of the Taliban and post-Taliban period. The book was published in 2005 by Public Affairs.