Paul Watson

A triumphant Somali mob drags U.S. Army Staff Sergeant William David Cleveland’s body through Mogadishu streets in October 1993 after his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down over the embattled city.
Days before, another Black Hawk had been shot from the sky. However, after that earlier September incident, the Pentagon insisted there was “no basis in fact” to Paul Watson’s report that Somalis were parading American body parts through the streets. Paul was determined to get photographic proof when it happened again—and this was it.
The public outrage forced U.S. President Bill Clinton to end the war. Many lives, including Cleveland’s, might have been saved if the U.S. military had acknowledged the horror of what was happening in Mogadishu sooner.

Paul Watson is a Canadian photojournalist and bestselling author. He has won numerous international awards during almost 25 years of foreign reporting and photography for the Toronto Star and Los Angeles Times. The list of honours includes: the Pulitzer Prize; three Canadian National Newspaper Awards; the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America; the George Polk Award; the Freedom of the Press Award from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.; the OPC’s Hal Boyle Award for foreign reporting; and the South Asian Journalists Association’s Daniel Pearl Award for coverage of Afghanistan. He received the Drummer General’s Award in 2007 for his book Where War Lives, based on his experiences as a war journalist. The Globe and Mail named it one of the “year’s 100 most notable books”.
His current book, Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom (co-authored with The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson), was published this fall and covers decades of revolution as witnessed by the legendary agency’s photographers. U.S. playwright Dan O’Brien’s play based on Watson’s war experiences, “The Body of an American,” was awarded the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for historical theatre at Columbia University in New York this spring. An opera based on the play will premier at Stanford University this spring.