Saluting American Valor Project Team
Washington Bureau Chief, Stephens Media
Story Editor/Print Coordinator
Charlie Waters, Stephens Media
Ched Whitney, Carly Forsht, Mike Miller
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tonya Carpenter, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Michael Quine, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Technical Design/ Support
Hafid Trujillo and Thomas Phipps
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nate Tannenbaum, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Principal Contributing Writers
S.L. Alligood was a reporter for nearly 30 years before joining Middle Tennessee State University as an assistant professor in journalism in August 2008. Alligood worked at weekly newspapers before being hired by the daily newspapers in Nashville. He was a general assignment reporter, an environment reporter, a columnist and a war correspondent, with assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq as an embedded reporter with the 101st Airborne Division.
Kris Antonelli is a freelance journalist based in the Baltimore-Washington area whose work focuses on counterterrorism and the military. While a student at Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, she traveled to Israel and the occupied territories to complete her graduate non-fiction writing project. Her articles have appeared in Baltimore magazine, the Washington Post, several local publications and secured federal government Web sites. Previously, as a staff writer at the Baltimore Sun, she covered the U.S. Naval Academy, law enforcement and politics.
Thomas L. Day is a military writer for the McClatchy Company and The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 2003 and his master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2008. He also has written for the Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.), FLYP Media, The Washington Post, Philadelphia magazine, The Guardian (United Kingdom) and ESPN the Magazine. In 2007 Day published his first book, “Along the Tigris: The 101st Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Lewis Delavan, 51, is a writer for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock. He also has served as an editor for Stephens papers in Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Saline County, Ark.
Dale Eisman is a veteran reporter and editor based in Washington, D.C., where he was a correspondent for the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot newspaper from 1994 until this year. He has covered Virginia state government, state and federal courts, Congress and the Pentagon and traveled with U.S. military personnel on three continents. He is a graduate of Indiana University and a native of Louisville, Ky.
Tim Holbert is Program Director of the American Veterans Center in Arlington, Va. In this capacity, he oversees the Center’s documentary and speaker programs, serves as editor of its magazine, American Valor Quarterly, and is director of the National Memorial Day Parade. He is host of “Profiles in Valor” on the Radio America network and is writing a book on heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds B.A. and B.S. degrees from Miami University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.
Tom Lindley is an award-winning writer with an extensive background in newspapers. Lindley has worked for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dallas Times Herald, Wilmington (Del.) News Journal and The Oklahoman. He also was the editor of The Flint (Mich.) Journal for 11 years. Lindley, who is based in Norman, Okla., recently won first-place honors in the Great Plains Journalism Competition for a profile in Oklahoma Today magazine.
Andrew Lubin is an author and independent foreign correspondent who writes on military, economic and geopolitical issues. His work appears regularly in such professional magazines as “Jane’s Intelligence Review,” “Leatherneck” and “Proceedings.” He has spent 15 months embedded with Marine, Army and National Guard troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon writing from a “boots on the ground” perspective. His book, “Charlie Battery: A Marine Artillery Battery in Iraq,” won a 2007 Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America for best military non-fiction. His Web site is www.andrewlubin.com.
John Lyon is a reporter covering politics and state government for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock. He has been a reporter for the Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Elk City Daily News in Elk City, Okla. In his 17 years as a journalist he has won awards for investigative reporting, reporting on education, feature writing, theater reviews and photography.
Kevin Maurer has been embedded with the U.S. Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq more than 12 times in the last six years. Most recently he spent several weeks with a Special Forces team living in a village in central Afghanistan. Maurer’s first book about a battle in southern Afghanistan is scheduled to be published next year by Bantam Books. Maurer is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He lives in North Carolina.
Wesley Millett is a Massachusetts-based freelance writer, historian and author of the acclaimed nonfiction book, “The Rebel and the Rose,” which details the flight of the Confederate government at the end of the Civil War. Millett has written and edited manuals, policy papers and other documentation as a contractor for the U.S. Army and Air Force. He also participates in the annual G.I. Film Festival through promotional activities and interactions with soldiers whose films are being spotlighted during the six-day event.
Brian Mockenhaupt, a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation, served two tours in Iraq as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division. Before joining the Army he worked as a reporter at The Providence (R.I.) Journal and The (Phnom Penh) Cambodia Daily. Since leaving the Army in 2005, he has written for Esquire, The Atlantic, Outside, New York Times magazine and Reader’s Digest.
James C. Roberts is founder and president of Radio America, a national news/talk network, and the American Veterans center, an organization that seeks to preserve the legacy of service and sacrifice of America’s veterans “from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation.” He is a graduate of Miami University and for three years served as a Naval officer on the destroyer USS Henderson.
Keith A. Rogers studied engineering at Michigan State University before he was drafted into the Army in 1972. After serving with the 561st Military Police Company at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., he resumed college at Humboldt State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Cal State Hayward. A journalist since 1977, he began working for the Valley Times in Pleasanton, Calif. He combined his math, science and military background to cover nuclear weapons and “Star Wars” research at Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories. His stories are cited in two books by New York Times writer William J. Broad, “Star Warriors” and “Teller’s War.” Since 1990, he has been a senior staff writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, covering environmental, nuclear weapons, nuclear waste and military issues with an emphasis on the Nevada Test Site, Yucca Mountain and Nellis Air Force Base.
Ellen N. Woods is a freelance writer who lives in Alexandria, Va. She is a regular contributor to Military Officer, the monthly magazine of the Military Officers Association of America. She has written feature articles on injured troops, military chaplains, war widows and veterans’ employment. A graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University, she has won writing awards from APEX, the Awards for Publication Excellence; the Society of National Association Publications; and the American Society of Association Executives.