I wanted to be just like them and work in the Middle East, writing and producing stories on religious unrest, the divide between secular and Islamic governments, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. My parents thought I was crazy and were not supportive of a nice, Jewish girl going into a war zone.
But Daniel Pearl did. And Jill Carroll. And James Foley.
My former CNN colleagues Atia Abawi, Erin McLaughlin and Danielle Dellorto continue to report in some of the most volatile places in the world but understand the importance of journalism and seeking the truth.
What is happening to journalists around the world is REPREHENSIBLE. Journalists are not the enemy and continue to be used as pawns by Islamic extremists. It is up to the international community and all sovereign governments to detest these brutal acts of terror.
After Daniel Pearl's death, I thought a lot about him and the parting words he left with the terrorists before he was killed.
"My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."
During Jill Carroll's captivity, I spent months up at night wondering if she would see the same fate.
And now, all I seem to think about is James Foley - a man who dedicated his life to bringing us the truth about the monsters behind the mask.