As co-anchor of Good Morning America and a special correspondent on Primetime and 20/20, ABC newsman Chris Cuomo is the go-to guy whenever there's breaking news. Chris joins Gayle to talk about reporting on the war in Iraq and his family.
Chris recently completed a weeklong assignment in Iraq. At one point, Chris says he narrowly escaped serious injury when the convoy he was working with came under attack. "There was so much fire I thought they were going to come and kill us," he says. "I thought, 'That's it.'"
Reinforcements arrived quickly and Chris escaped unharmed. While Chris says he was certainly shaken up, he was incredibly impressed by the way American troops assessed and handled the situation. "They were perfectly professional," he says.
Chris returned home safely to his wife, Cristina, and their two children. He says he and his wife were well aware of the risks involved with his trip: In January 2006, Chris's colleague, ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff, was seriously injured while covering the news in Iraq. Still, Cristina supported her husband's decision. "Cristina did not have any problem with me going over," Chris says.
Chris is also the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and brother of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Gayle wants to know why Chris didn't also pursue a career in politics. "I don't like it," Chris says. "It is a game; it is intrigue. Money has corrupted it and that's not being said by someone who doesn't know."
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013