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From AJR,   April 2003

Back in the Water   

Former CNN anchor Lou Waters goes local, reporting for Tucson’s KOLD-TV on the war on Iraq and its effect on area residents.

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     


Lou Waters, an original CNN anchor who was among the high-profile departures from the network in 2001, dons his reporting hat to help Tucson's KOLD-TV with coverage of the war with Iraq. "I was news director at KOLD before I went to CNN" in 1980, says Waters, 64. "It's like the great circle." In a community with two major military installations, Waters is covering "the personal side of the war," says News Director Bob Smith, while the CBS affiliate's main anchor, Randy Garsee, travels to Kuwait with troops from a local Air Force base. "I intend to find out what [people] are talking about--their fears, hopes, dreams, all the emotions that come with something of this significance," Waters says. "I'll probably be going down to the local bagel shop each morning." Since leaving CNN, Waters, who covered the conflict in Kosovo and the first gulf war, has been developing television programs about aging in America.

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