But despite this and a hectic career he still had time for his long-term girlfriend, TV producer Mary Forrest, now 42. The couple married in May, 2015, and there was more breaking news a few months later, when their little boy, Henry Thomas, arrived in September. The proud father made an announcement on Twitter. “Couldn’t be happier to welcome our baby boy,” he tweeted, adding, “Mom and baby both well. So excited for his, and our, adventure.”
And the glad tidings were all the happier, considering the hurdles and dangers Engels had overcome and survived thus far. It wasn’t just his difficult childhood, in the course of his adult life he had lived through situations that might well have killed him. The risks of his journalism work came with a real personal price. In 2012 alone, he endured being kidnapped in Syria and threatened with execution.
Furthermore, his unbelievably stressful job had cost him his first marriage. Engel had previously been wed to a former Stanford classmate, a woman who he has never named publicly. But their relationship had not been able to survive the absences and anxieties of Engel’s career, and the couple split in 2005. The following year, the journalist told the Washington Post newspaper that he felt like his job did not allow him a personal life.