The December issue of Vanity Fair features an in-depth profile of the New York Times Baghdad bureau, now available online. VF's Seth Mnoonkin interviewed well-known members of the Times staff that have covered the war from Baghdad since 2003.
As the war wears on, Mnoonkin writes:
Today, The New York Times is the only U.S. news organization that hasn’t significantly cut back its presence, spending more than $3 million a year to maintain a heavily fortified Baghdad bureau. Talking to John F. Burns, Dexter Filkins, Alissa J. Rubin, and other Times correspondents, the author explores the day-to-day toll—the infighting, isolation, and near-death experiences—of covering the most important story no one wants to read.
Mnoonkin catalogs the the triumphs and tensions at the Times bureau, replete with gripping near-death experiences and the daily struggle to bring the story home.
Read it here here.
The piece also includes a link to an archive of Vanity Fair's own Iraq coverage.