Jill Carroll, the Christian Science Monitor reporter who spent more than 80 days in captivity in Iraq last year before being freed following an international call for her release, has retuned to the Middle East, currently reporting out of Cairo for the paper.
Monitor Editor Richard Bergenheim confirmed that Carroll had been working out of Cairo following her leave of absence last fall to serve as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.
“She has been working for a month now, on a few reporting projects, but we have not made any final decisions [about her permanent assignment],” he told E&P. “We have played it very low key because the less publicity about this the better.”
When asked about concerns related to Carroll’s foreign reporting return, Bergenheim declined to comment other than to say they had not publicized the assignment to ensure her safety.
Carroll, who was kidnapped just over a year ago in Baghdad during an incident in which her driver was killed, followed her release last spring by writing an extensive series on her 82-day ordeal, which also included online video interviews and became the Monitor’s most popular syndicated series and web-based report.
Talk about getting back up.