For­mer news­caster, war hero re­turn to bat­tle­field

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY -

Tim Malloy knows: If you’re head­ing into hell, take a hero with you. Malloy, an ex-news­caster from Palm Beach, just re­turned from an em­bed in Afghanistan with Matt Evers­mann, a U.S. Army Ranger who took part in the 1993 raid in So­ma­lia that trig­gered the res­cue mis­sion de­picted in the film Black Hawk Down.

Matt’s wife Tori, you may re­mem­ber, is a gal with Palm Beach roots and the au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing the best­seller The Im­mor­tals.

For Matt, who led a Delta team in Iraq dur­ing what has come to be known as “the surge,” it was the first trip back to a the­ater of war in 10 years.

Malloy de­scribed it as “an emo­tional and fas­ci­nat­ing 10 days,” which he chron­i­cled in a 30-minute film. “I di­rected, Matt re­ported,” Malloy said, de­scrib­ing Matt as a “great, stand-up guy.”

The pub­lic tele­vi­sion sta­tions in West Palm Beach will air the film this week­end, mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the So­ma­lian res­cue.

Send Me airs Fri­day at 8:30 p.m. on WXEL and Sat­ur­day at 6:30 p.m. on WPBT.

Daily News file photo

Tim Malloy on an ear­lier trip to Afghanistan.

Meghan Mc­Carthy / Daily News file photo

Sgt. Matt and Tori Evers­mann

Shan­non Don­nelly

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