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Yahoo Begins Reporting News, Hires War Correspondent

Yahoo News is sending a veteran war correspondent on a journey to cover every armed conflict in the world within a year.

Yahoo Inc. announced Monday that it is launching Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone. The accomplished combat journalist will embark on the solo trip Sept. 26. He will combine the key multimedia elements, including exclusive video feed, text and audio, to narrate stories about the people and issues involved in armed conflicts.

The move signals a major shift for Yahoo, which until now has been an aggregator of news from more than 100 outlets. Yahoo News, which features a news search function that scours more than 8,000 news sources on the Internet, said its goal is to set new standards for gathering and delivering news.

Sites is a freelance reporter who has covered war zones in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia for a variety of outlets including: CNN, NBC, ABC and MSNBC. He was captured and threatened with death before being released in Iraq. His war blog" features news from Chiapas, Mexico, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq. While working as a producer for NBC News, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of Kosovo.

Last year, Sites' work gained worldwide attention after he shot footage of Marines shooting an apparently unarmed Iraqi prisoner in a Fallujah mosque. In 2003, CNN touched off a media debate when it told Sites to stop blogging.

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