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Shot BBC reporter receives honour
Frank Gardner
Frank Gardner says public support has been important to him
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner has been made an OBE for services to journalism in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The journalist made the news when he was shot six times at point blank range by militants in Saudi Arabia in June 2004.

His colleague, cameraman Simon Cumbers, 36, was killed in the attack.

Father of two Gardner, 43, now uses a wheelchair as one of the bullets severed spinal nerves.

He won admiration for the way he coped with his injuries and his determination to return to work.

He went back to the BBC in April because he said he wanted to keep covering the "incredibly important" issue of security.

Fluent in Arabic and well-informed about the Arab world, Gardner has reported on global terrorism and Al-Qaeda from all over the Arab world, as well as the Balkans and South America.

Gardner and Mr Cumbers were attacked, apparently from a jeep, in a southern suburb of the city of Riyadh as they filmed the house of an al-Qaeda militant.

"It was an execution, it was four feet away," he said.

The journalist believes he would have died within two hours had it not been for an expert team from the King Faisal Specialist Hospital.

Hospital stay

After being treated in the Saudi hospital, he returned to a UK hospital last July.

In total, he underwent 12 operations and spent eight months in hospital following the attack, which he called "stupid and senseless".

Support from his family, colleagues and the public helped encourage him to return to work.

"There has been a lot to keep me going, my family first and foremost, which is the main thing I hung on for," he said.

Frank Gardner
Frank Gardner was conscious throughout the attack
"I have had so much support, not just from people here at the BBC but from listeners and viewers and that's fantastic."

Gardner worked as an investment banker in the Middle East before switching to a journalistic career in 1995.

He started out as a producer and reporter for BBC World TV.

He became a full-time BBC Middle East correspondent in 2000 based in Cairo.

Shortly after September 11 2001, he began to concentrate full-time on the War on Terror and was appointed the BBC's security correspondent in 2002.


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