- Mohamad Bazzi recalls a Breslin who schooled a generation of reporters in how to do news
- The legendary newspaper columnist cared about getting the truth and believed shoe-leather reporting was the way to do it, Bazzi writes
Mohamad Bazzi is a journalism professor at New York University, former Middle East bureau chief at Newsday, and a former fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (Twitter: @BazziNYU). The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In early 2003, as American troops invaded Iraq, Jimmy Breslin would call me, often in the middle of the night or the very early hours of the morning. We both worked for Newsday, the daily based on Long Island, NY. I was covering the war from the Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq; he was the paper's marquee columnist.