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TWo WWWII veterans were left in a funeral home for over 25 years.

Yesterday, they came “home.” On B4, teased on A1.

Long unclaimed, 2 veterans honored
The Washington Post
April 17, 2014

TRIANGLE, Va. — No one who attended Wednesday’s funeral service at Quantico National Cemetery had ever met the two World War II-era veterans who were being laid to rest.

Their names, their ranks and their decorations had only recently been learned. No one could even say where the men were from.

What the attendees did know was that the men’s ashes had been found, unclaimed for more than 25 years, in a funeral home in Norfolk…read more…

Online: “Veterans, unclaimed for 25 years, laid to rest with honors at Quantico”

I’m thrilled to announce that two journalism projects I worked on in the past year have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists!

The story Heather Mongilio and I wrote after the disappearance of The Eagle‘s last print edition (that featured a cover story on an investigation of TKE hazing) is a finalist for a Mark of Excellence Award for breaking news coverage.

Additionally, “Half the Battle,” a journalism project on millennial veterans by American University School of Communication with cooperation from WAMU, is also a Mark of Excellence Award finalist for online feature reporting!

I’m so thankful to work with such great journalists. We’ll know at the end of the month how each placed in the region and if they’ll be sent on to the national competition.

In the meantime, I’m buying my ticket to the regional conference in D.C. post haste.

WAMU 88.5 home page on May 8, 2013

WAMU 88.5 homepage on May 8, 2013

Seventeen journalists in Amy Eisman‘s “Writing and Editing for Convergent Media” class in American University’s School of Communication in four months completed an amazing project called “Half the Battle.”

It covers the difficulties that veterans face when they return home from service.

Every aspect of the project, from story selection to reporting to video to web design and production, was done by students.

And today, the project was featured on the homepage of WAMU 88.5, the highly-rated NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C.! We worked with Seth Liss and Chris Lewis from WAMU to pick the trajectory of the project.

I wore a number of hats for the project. I was the assignment editor, a web producer, Wordle master and a reporter on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

I’m really proud of this project. It was a lot of work, but it really is one of the best pieces of journalism I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of.

Take a look at the intro video for the project. It really encapsulates everything this project sought to convey.