PEABODY AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING CONFLICT JOURNALIST; ABC NEWS WAR CORRESPONDENT; PRODUCER, THE HORNET’S NEST
Mike Boettcher has spent his entire career covering conflict and terrorism around the world. In three decades at NBC News, CNN and ABC News, he has witnessed and investigated terrorist acts and has been a victim of terrorism himself. He was kidnapped and threatened with execution in El Salvador in 1985. Twenty years later, he survived a suicide bomber attack and a roadside bombing in Baghdad. Boettcher covered the emergence of modern terrorist tactics in the early 1980s when he reported on events that led to the bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Marines. He covered the Pan AM 103 tragedy in Lockerbie and was assigned to investigate it. Boettcher led NBC’s investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and was one of a handful journalists allowed to speak to Timothy McVeigh in prison. Since 1998, when the U.S. embassies in Africa were bombed, he has been assigned to investigate every major Al Qaeda attack against American targets. Boettcher helped launch the era of 24-hour live news coverage on June 1, 1980, when he performed the first live satellite report for a fledgling network called CNN. He also covered the American invasion of Iraq in 1991, was embedded full-time with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, and reported from the front lines in Afghanistan in 2009. As the chief correspondent for CNN’s terrorism investigation unit, a team he created in the summer of 2001, Boettcher was awarded a Peabody Award and his third of six National Emmys.