As a teenager at St. Timothy's School, Kimberly Dozier developed an appreciation for history and a talent for writing. She hammered nails and painted sets for school plays, and sang opera.

And when she took a stick to the face during a lacrosse game, she kept on playing -- with, her former coach recalled, what turned out to be a broken nose."She's very, very diligent," said Louise Wharton Pistell, Dozier's coach and teacher in ninth grade. "Very serious. Very focused."

Dozier, a CBS News correspondent who has chronicled conflicts in Afghanistan, the Balkans and other trouble spots, was being treated yesterday in a U.S. Army hospital for injuries suffered in a car bomb attack in Iraq that killed two of her co-workers. She briefly regained consciousness during a flight to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and was in critical but stable condition yesterday, according to the network. CBS News said in a statement that she "is resting comfortably today after receiving further treatment for injuries to her head and legs."

Dozier, 39, underwent two operations in Baghdad before being transferred and was expected to stay at Landstuhl for several days, CBS said.

Col. W. Bryan Gamble said Dozier was responsive during the flight, opening her eyes and moving her toes as she was transferred, but that it was too soon to speculate on her recovery.

"She was critically wounded from the ... blast, but right now she is doing as well as can be expected," he said, adding that Dozier was expected to undergo several other routine operations.

Yesterday, as family members traveled to Germany to be with her, educators at St. Timothy's recalled her as smart and tenacious -- and said they plan to hold her up at this weekend's graduation ceremony as someone worth emulating.

Administrators at the Baltimore County private school for girls said Dozier epitomized the institution's motto, Verite Sans Peur, French for "truth without fear."

"I got where I am today because when the most dangerous assignments were offered, I always put my hand up," Dozier said in a profile in a recent edition of St. Timothy's alumnae magazine.

In a first-person article published last summer in the alumnae magazine of Wellesley College, she wrote: "The truth is, no matter how I'd like to spend my days doing `good news' stories, Iraq is still a horror show. ... So we stay on, broadcasting a message that isn't always popular with the military or our audience, in an environment that has gotten more dangerous for journalists, and for every other type of foreigner, by the day -- and more dangerous still for Iraqis."

Dozier was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a biography on the CBS News Web site. Her father's job with an engineering firm took the family, which includes a Vietnamese girl whom the parents adopted, to Hawaii, Guam and Iran, said Larry Turner, the Doziers' former next-door neighbor.

The Dozier family lived in Maryland off and on between stints overseas, said Turner. The couple moved last week from their two-story townhouse in Timonium to a condominium that Dozier bought for them, Turner said.

After earning a diploma from St. Timothy's in 1984, Dozier graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she majored in human rights and Spanish in three years.

Dozier earned a master's degree in foreign affairs, Middle East, from the University of Virginia in 1993, according to the CBS biography.

She later became a CBS radio and television reporter, winning three American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Awards for her work on Mideast violence, Kosovo and the war in Afghanistan, according to CBS. She has reported on the Iraq war for nearly three years.

Every trip outside the hotel that serves as CBS' office and living quarters, she wrote in the Wellesley magazine, involves at least two former British Special Forces soldiers "with AK-47s tucked discreetly inside their first-aid packs. Their job: to watch for anyone in the traffic who seems to be paying too much attention to us."

Her daily routine in Baghdad, she wrote, makes her days of crisscrossing Kabul and Tora Bora, Afghanistan, with a single unarmed guide in prime Taliban country just after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, seem "perversely carefree."

St. Timothy's officials had asked their former student to come back and speak about her experiences, but she couldn't commit to a date because of her commitment to covering the story in Iraq.

"I don't think our graduates will have any better example than one of our own," said head of school Randy S. Stevens.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article.