Perhaps one of the best war corespondents for the last few years is Michael Yon.  He is not connected to any newspaper formally, and is what we might call an independent journalist.  He relies on reader contributions.  As such, he has much freedom and is one of the most engaging reads in all of journalism.  The wonders of the internet has helped to contribute to an explosion of real talent.  Yon does not consider himself a journalist, but in the strict meaning of the word he is; he is also a photographer frequently shoots his own images.  At any rate, Yon was featured in the Ledger.  It is a fascinating read.