Â» Books on his night stand: The Emperor’s New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11 by Richard Ben-Veniste, who was on the Watergate Committee and 9/11 Commission. You get a more human look at what these people were like.
Â»Â iPod album on repeat: Leonard Cohen’s Closing Time. I’ve liked him since I was in college. There’s something about the lyrics of his songs that ring true.
Â» Personal heroes: I’ve done a lot of work in Africa, South America and places like that, and I was in Somalia when it was a real mess there, before the Marines went in. My personal heroes are the people who work for aid organizations and non-governmental organizations—who go to some faraway place to help people they’re not related to and often put themselves in harm’s way.
Â» One thing he knows for sure: The Marx Brothers will always cheer you up.
Â» Very own vici: Showing Americans people and places that are far away and that they may not know much about.
Â» Zen destination: Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It’s peaceful, and has an enormous variety and number of creatures that cohabit the planet with us.
Â» If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Spend more time with my kids.
Â» Pet peeve: Selfishness.
Â» Life view: chance or fate? When I go out on assignment, you have to get pictures and you have to put yourself out there for something to happen to you. I also believe in serendipity—but that you have to make yourself available to it.
Â» Most marked characteristic: I’m tall (6-foot-4).
Â» Quality he admires most in others: Compassion.
Â» Mantra: The world is what it is.