Katie Couric of CBS News and Brian Williams of NBC returned to the US after spending the past several days in Egypt. CNN’s Anderson Cooper opted to stay in the embattled country.
Katie Couric, Brian Williams Leave Egypt; Cooper Stays
“Thank u everyone for your concerns! I just landed at JFK..may go back, but for now very happy to be home. See u at 6:30 I hope!” Couric said via her Twitter account, referring to her landing in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday.
On Wednesday, she tweeted: “It is pretty scary and unruly out there, but we're being very cautious.”
Couric was in the fray of clashes between supporters and protesters of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt’s Tahrir Square in Cairo.
In the melee, Cooper and his crew were punched and kicked by members of the crowd, who also attempted to destroy their camera. They fled as calmly as possible to avoid further inciting the crowd, according to video footage of the incident.
Other journalists like ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour were swarmed. Journalists with The New York Times and other media agencies were detained by the Egyptian government, which sees them as supporting the opposition.
Cooper on Friday tweeted that “we will be live again from cairo tonite” on his show. “Not sure where we can broadcast from, but we will find a way.”
Williams left Egypt on Thursday and broadcast the NBC Nightly News from Jordan, arriving there late Thursday night, the New York Times reported.