Military Veterans in Journalism is proud to announce our awardees for the Top Military Veterans in Journalism of 2020. This year has seen the need for good, accurate and in-depth reporting grow more and more critical with each passing day. MVJ wants to acknowledge the importance of that work and recognize some of the military veterans in journalism who have done it.
Our community is strong and this list shows just how strong. The stories submitted for this year’s Top Military Veterans in Journalism ranged from local beat news to international investigative work. They included journalists from local, national, and international outlets. The stories cover a range of topics. All of those aspects are represented in our final list. They are a credit to the broad and diverse community we are building.
All of these award winners have a common bond. They all served in our nation’s armed forces. Only 2 percent of our media workers are veterans, even though more than 7 percent of Americans have served in our military. This list is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding work done by these journalists. It’s also a chance to hold them up as an example. They are an example for what newsrooms around the country could have on their teams. They’re an example of where veterans that want to move into the field of journalism could go. Quite frankly, they’re doing amazing work.
Military Veterans in Journalism honors the work and courage of reporter and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Austin Tice.
In May 2012, Austin went to Syria as a freelance journalist. His coverage was used by the likes of The Washington Post, CBS, and other outlets. Later that year, just south of Damascus he was detained at a checkpoint. Five weeks later, a 43-second video emerged with the title, “Austin Tice is Alive.” It showed Austin being held by a group of unidentified armed men.
Military Veterans in Journalism strongly supports his family’s mission to bring him home safely.
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This list was compiled from an open nomination through Military Veterans in Journalism. Nominees were not required to be members of MVJ. Judges focused on originality, production value, newsworthiness, and journalistic quality. They also relied on their own extensive experience in this profession.
Judges for The Top 10 Military Veterans in Journalism of 2020
- Barbara Starr, CNN
- Howard Altman, Military Times
- Sara Samora, Houston Business Journal
- Phoebe Gavin, Quartz
- Babee Garcia, CBS 19 Charlottesville
- Priya Sridhar, NBC San Diego
We’re immeasurably thankful to have the support of these journalists as our judges. MVJ would also like to thank John Seward, for conducting the operations and behind-the-scenes to help make this list a reality. John juggled creating this list for its inaugural run with his first semester of his journalism master’s degree. We’re excited to see his work in the future.