The aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. U.S. Navy photo

Dean Yates Came Home From War, Then the Battle Began

Podcast — he thought he was fine until life slowed down and the memories flooded in


Dean Yates has seen a lot of the worst the world has to offer. As a journalist for Reuters he covered the Bali nightclub bombings in 2002, the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 and the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004. He was so good at the job that he served as Reuters’ Baghdad bureau chief from 2007 to 2008.

After 20 years of reporting on conflict zones, Yates decided to settle down with his wife and family on the island of Tasmania in 2013. He would enjoy the wilderness, get to know his family and edit stories for Reuters during the day.

On that remote island paradise, Yates began to unravel. Yates suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and, separated from the conflict that long defined his life, the damage of those conflicts finally came to the fore.

On a special edition of War College, Yates sits down to tell us about his long road to recovery.

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