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photoThree-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the Washington Post and historian, Rick Atkinson, was embedded with the 101st Airborne Division during the war in Iraq. Now, he's back with a first-hand view of the second war in Iraq and the role of the journalists in a new kind of war.

According to Atkinson, because journalists were given access to very confidential information as part of being embedded with the troops, the reporting of the mechanism of this war was much more accurate and detailed than that of the first Gulf War. He also says that, despite being embedded with the troops, he did not report a sugar-coated version of the war.

Click the "Listen" link above to hear more first-hand accounts of and personal reflections on the war in Iraq from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Atkinson.

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Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent from The Washington Post and winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize in history for "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943."

This program aired on April 21, 2003.

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