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Global Journalist: Stars and Stripes forever?

A black and white photo of two soldiers reading the Stars and Stripes newspaper in Vietnam in 1

Founded on Nov. 9, 1861 in Bloomfield, Mo. by troops under the command of Civil War Gen. Ulysses Grant, the military newspaper Stars and Stripes has followed U.S. troops into battle for more than a century and a half.

But lately, government budget cutters have been threatening the future of  a news outlet that has been a morale booster and watchdog for soldiers.

Veterans talk about why they think the Defense Department should continue funding a paper that sometimes criticizes it.

Joining the program:

  • Ernie Gates
  • Cindy Elmore
  • Brian Brooks
  • Steve Beynon
  • Terrence Hayes
  • Ruben Gallego
  • Dusty Beam

Producers: Regan Mertz, Levi Moltz-Hohmann, Josiah Schueneman, Tommy Corbett, Cam Denmark, Trevor Hook

KATHY KIELY is a veteran reporter and editor with a multimedia portfolio and a passion for transparency, free speech and teaching. After a long career covering politics in Washington, Kiely moved into the classroom full-time because, she says, universities are the laboratories that will discover the formula for making fact-based journalism viable again.
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