ABC decided not to go to Iraq--in fact it failed to file a single story with a foreign dateline--but it did cover an Iraqi teenager's arrival in this country. Dan Harris took A Closer Look at a boy he identified as Dan. Harris had first covered Dan at a Baghdad campus where his best friend had been shot before his eyes. That original report had inspired an ABC News-viewing benefactor to pay for a scholarship for Dan to attend Thomas College in Maine.
Harris (subscription required) cast aside conventional journalistic reserve and became personally invested in the boy's progress. ABC News helped lobby the government to grant a rare student visa--fewer than 300 are granted to Iraqi students each year. Harris greeted the boy with long-lost hugs when he arrived at JFK Airport. And he personally escorted the new student to the snowbound campus: "We made it, dude!" Harris celebrated.
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