Michael Ware is the multi-award-winning director and producer of the HBO documentary Only the Dead, an unflinching and gritty chronicle of his near-decade long coverage of the Iraq War.
Prior to forming the independent TV and film company, Penance, Ware was Chief Primetime Foreign Correspondent for CNN, reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Republic of Georgia, and Mexico.
Best known for his coverage of “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” he lived in Baghdad for most of the war, first writing for Time magazine (including two cover articles, Into the Hot Zone and Chasing the Ghosts). In October 2004, he was named Time magazine’s Baghdad Bureau Chief. He was embedded for the September 2005 assault on Tal Afar, and his harrowing video of the battle has been included in a Frontline documentary and a 60 Minutes report. In 2006 he moved to CNN where he partnered with Thomas Evans, who produced for Anderson Cooper. During his time with the network, he also presented two specials for CNN International, “Pakistan’s Vital Vote” and “Iraq: Inside the Surge.”
He most recently hosted Uncensored with Michael Ware, an eight-part documentary series for National Geographic that takes viewers on a raw and unapologetic journalistic adventure: from the savage Papua New Guinea highlands in search of women accused of witchcraft all the way to the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood paparazzi.
A Brisbane native, Ware holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Queensland, as well as a degree in Political Science. He splits his time between Los Angeles and his hometown of Brisbane.