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Video: John Kooistra and Richard Engel

Video: Former Channel 2 Photojournalist Part of Kidnapped NBC crew

(R) Producer Ghazi Balkiz, Correspondent Richard Engel and (L) Photographer John Kooistra appear on the Today Show Tuesday morning.

BUFFALO, NY - Former WGRZ-TV photojournalist John Kooistra was one of the three NBC News crew members who were kidnapped five days ago in Syria.

Kooistra worked in Buffalo during the 1980's.  He later became a network photojournalist for the National Broadcasting Company.

Kooistra, a producer, Ghazi Balkiz and NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel were released Tuesday after being kidnapped by an unknown group.

They crossed into Turkey early Tuesday morning. The crew was not harmed.

The trio appeared on the Tuesday morning edition of the Today Show to discuss their ordeal.

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