Posts tagged ‘Iraq’

The Art of War

The New York Times is featuring excerpts from combat artist Michael D. Fay’s blogs this week, as part of their Home Fires series. (The series publishes the writings of men and women who have returned home from military service.) Fay ’82 A&A, who retired from the military in December, has been blogging since Sept. 2005, and though he’s a pencils-and-paper artist by trade, he also paints the wartime scenery with his words:

Everywhere amongst the chaos were vaguely reassuring hints of normalcy. One almost expected to turn a corner and find a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a warm mug of spiced cider. That is, until another round of gunfire, an explosion, or a frantic stream of radio traffic shattered the reverie.

We profiled Fay in the Nov./Dec. 2005 issue of The Penn Stater (you can read the profile here), explaining how he happened upon his field. Fay is currently working in Afghanistan as a military correspondent, so he’ll have plenty of chances to continue writing about war. He’s also working on a memoir. For now, you can read The New York Times series by starting with Part 1 here.

Amy Guyer, associate editor

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June 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

More Buzz For “Back From Iraq”

The Associated Press today has a story on “Back From Iraq: The Veterans’ Stories Project,” a combined effort of the English department and WPSU offered as an undergraduate class last fall. The class gave Iraq war veterans a chance to tell their stories through video and Web technology. It’s compelling stuff; you can meet some of the students and watch some of their work here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Remembering Bill Cahir

sm billcahirThis morning brought the sad, sad news that Bill Cahir ’90 has been killed in Afghanistan.

Bill, who was 40, was a Penn Stater and the son of Penn Staters: his father, John Cahir ’61, ’71g, was the University’s vice provost and dean for undergraduate education, and his mother, Mary Anne Cahir ’63, ’68g, was Penn State’s director of development for the Philadelphia region. John and Mary Anne, both retired now, are wonderful people, and I can’t imagine their grief.

Bill was a news reporter for a time—and a very good one, I’m told—and later, in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, he enlisted in the Marines at the age of 34. Last year he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 5th district, which includes State College.

He did several tours of duty in Iraq and was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed. In addition to his parents and siblings, he leaves behind a wife who is pregnant with twins.

Tina Hay, editor

August 14, 2009 at 10:55 am 4 comments

Rod Nordland on the Three Americans Held in Iran

2005 M-J Rod NordlandReaders of The Penn Stater may remember the cover story we did a few years ago on Rod Nordland ’72, who at the time was the Baghdad correspondent for Newsweek magazine. About a year ago, Nordland moved over to the New York Times, where he continues to cover the war in Iraq.

Today he reports on the status of three American hikers who strayed across the border into Iran on July 31 and were taken captive. There’s talk that they could be released soon.

Tina Hay, editor

August 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm 2 comments

Touring Baghdad with Stephen Colbert

Iraq_Colbert.sff.embedded.prod_affiliate.79Steve Manuel ’84 Lib ’92 MA Com, a senior photojournalism lecturer
in the College of Communications and a former Marine, has taken photos on USO tours before. Now he’s part of an especially high-profile tour with Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. You can see a lot of Steve’s photos on the Comedy Central blog.

This photo of Steve’s is getting a lot of play. It shows Colbert getting an Army buzz cut courtesy of General Raymond Odierno, commander of the multinational force in Iraq. You can read the accompanying Associated Press story here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm 1 comment

Bringing Web 2.0—to Iraq?

levy_contingent_2You’d think Iraq has more important things to worry about than Twitter and Facebook, but in fact that country has almost zero Internet infrastructure—and developing that infrastructure could play a big role in getting Iraq back on its feet. At least that’s the idea behind a State Department-sponsored trip that’s in progress over there right now. A delegation that includes representatives from Google, YouTube, and Twitter, among others, is wrapping up its visit today.

The one and only embedded reporter in the delegation is Penn State grad Steven Levy ’74g, who is a writer for Wired magazine. You can read his initial report from Iraq, filed yesterday, here and another Wired story on the trip here.

Tina Hay, editor

April 23, 2009 at 10:59 am 1 comment

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