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On vacation, Wendell Goler becomes Haiti earthquake correspondent

(Courtesy of Fox News Channel)

This is not the vacation Wendell Goler planned.

Last week, Fox News Channel's White House correspondent flew to the Dominican Republic for a belated trip -- he worked over the holidays so colleagues with little kids could take time off. Goler checked into a resort on the north coast to relax and play golf.

"I love the country and have been coming for several years," he told us Wednesday. "There are a couple of really good courses down here."

Then it rained. And rained some more. He squeezed in one round of golf. Then Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit native felt the ground move: his first earthquake.

Since the Dominican Republic shares an island with Haiti, Goler was about 140 miles from Port-au-Prince. "Being so far from the epicenter, it was quite mild," he said. "But still, it was enough that people ran out in the street." Most phones and power went dead, but the Washington-based journalist immediately started filing phone reports almost every hour: on the aftershocks, weather, and the aid workers flooding into the Dominican Republic headed for Haiti.

With reporters and camera crews now covering the story in both countries, Goler is ready to return to his regular beat: "I'd like to go home, thank you. I'd had enough." Will his bosses give him a do-over on the vacation? "We'll see what they have to say about that. I may not go so far next time."

By The Reliable Source  |  January 14, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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