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Roll! Shooting TV News by Rich Underwood

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CHAPTER 16

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Mike Elwell

Embedded—War Coverage

Mike Elwell

Freelance Cameraman

National Emmy, Brothers in Arms, ABC News, 2003

National Emmy nomination, Martha Stewart Living,1997

Peabody Award, Politics of Poison, 1978

C old wind blows dust into the open window as Mike Elwell watches endless sand roll by.

He grinds desert grit in his teeth and wonders how far they’ll get today. Blinking often to clear his eyes, he lets out a long reflective sigh. “What have I gotten myself into?” A moment later, like the flip of a switch, the scene changes as the drums of war spring to life. Thump, thump, thump—an explosive tympani roars a few feet above his ...

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