Kathleen Kenna

Kathleen Kenna

Kathleen Kenna is a Canadian journalist who was injured in a grenade attack in Afghanistan. [http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1137800376074&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154&t=TS_Home Man charged in grenade attack: Star’s reporter hurt in 2002 blast in Afghanistan] , "Toronto Star", January 21 2006]

Kenna began her career at the Toronto Star in the early 1980s as its Ontario news reporter. She worked on several Star beats and as a sub-editor before becoming entertainment editor. In the summer of 2001, Kenna became the Star's South Asia bureau chief. After the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S., Kenna went to Afghanistan to report on the war.

Kenna was a passenger in a car on March 4 2002 when a grenade was tossed inside. She almost died in the attack and was left with lasting injuries. Kenna was travelling with two colleagues, her husband Hadi Dadashian and Toronto Star photographer Bernard Weil

After she left hospital, Kenna was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. [http://ias.berkeley.edu/canada/sproul.htm Sproul Research Fellowship] ] She delivered the September 23 2004 Sproul lecture, entitled: "Heroism in the Desert: a Canadian journalist and her American rescuers in Afghanistan." She left the Star and stayed in Berkeley to study for a new career, helping people who have suffered severe and traumatic wounds deal psychologically with their injuries.

On January 16 2006 Abdul Zahir was charged by a Guantanamo military commission for allegedly playing a role in the attack on Kenna.cite web
title=USA v. Abdul Zahir
month=January | year=2006
publisher=US Department of Defense
] [http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt/Set_12_1179-1239.pdf#1 Summarized transcripts (.pdf)] , from Abdul Zahir's "Combatant Status Review Tribunal" pages 1-8]


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