Journalist Saberi Back in US

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 22, 2009 6:12 PM CDT
Roxana Saberi, right, receives flowers from an unidentified man upon her arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Roxana Saberi, the journalist who spent 4 months in an Iranian prison, was greeted this afternoon with cheers and hugs from friends as she returned to her native US. Saberi, 32, told reporters at Washington Dulles International Airport that singing the national anthem helped keep her going. "And it may sound corny, but I'm so happy to be home in the land of the free."

She spent a week in Austria recuperating after being released from prison. Asked how she was feeling, she said, "Very good." She added, "I wish I could personally thank all those who supported me during my 100 days in prison." Among those she thanked were President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and human-rights groups.