Michael Ware was born in Brisbane, Australia and graduated from the University of Queensland with a law degree. After spending a year as an associate to the President of the Queensland Court of Appeals, Tony Fitzgerald, Ware decided that law was not his life's ambition and delved into the art of journalism. He began his reporting career in 1995 with the Courier-Mail based out of Brisbane until 2000. Ware was first noticed when he wrote a number of articles regarding the lack of any police investigation into a pedophilia ring. His contacts within the police were sought out, but Ware refused to name any sources. Before joining CNN in 2006, Ware was with Time Magazine for five years. One of his first dangerous assignments was in Afghanistan of 2001, as he covered the U.S. search for Bin Laden. As the Iraq War was about to begin in 2003, Ware became an embedded reporter with the U.S. military. He eventually became the magazine's bureau chief for Baghdad in 2004.
Not only has he been reporting on the war since before it even started, but he has developed a very unique reporting style. He not only reported the U.S. militaries perspective on the war, but began to travel and report from insurgent camps. Ware established extensive contacts from within the insurgency and still uses them today to help report both sides of the war. This controversial style of reporting from the side of the enemy, has gotten Ware into quite some trouble. First of all, Ware almost got himself killed by Al Qaeda as he sought out a story about the insugency. Ware heard that Al Qaeda boasted about controlling a local area of Baghdad, even going so far as to put up banners on the street proclaiming their ownership. As he investigated, troops loyal to the local Al Qaeda leader Zarqawi pulled pins out of grenades, forcing his car to stop. Fortunately for Ware, his local contacts were persuasive enough to vouch for Ware and Al Qaeda let him go. This makes Ware the only fortunate western individual to ever escape from Al Qaeda alive. Ware also got into hot water with the U.S. government when his contacts gave him video of attacks on the U.S. military, including the brutal murder of the four Blackwater contractors. He also received a controversial tape showing snipers aiming at U.S. troops. Michael Ware is currently a reporter for CNN in Baghdad.