Mike and Carlos Boettcher are the only reporters devoted to full time coverage of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They began their embed with U.S. forces in August 2008.
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 are covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and telling the stories of the soldiers fighting in them.
As a veteran network news correspondent, Boettcher has been recognized with some of journalism’s top awards including four national Emmy Awards, a National Headliner Award and a Peabody for his coverage of world events.
Boettcher has witnessed three decades of assignments covering world conflict for NBC News and CNN, and also has been a victim of terrorism himself. 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.