When Jeffrey Henthorn, 25, returned from his first tour of duty in Iraq, his family noticed that something was not right. He woke up with nightmares and laughed callously at photos he took of Iraqis who had been shot and dismembered. When he was called up for his second tour of duty, he sobbed to his mother that he didn’t want to go back. Two months later Henthorn’s family received the grim news that he had shot and killed himself with an M-16 rifle at an Army camp in Balad, Iraq.
In “Question 7,” EXPOSÉ follows the story of soldier suicides, originally reported by the HARTFORD COURANT.
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Carrie Ching is an award-winning, independent multimedia journalist and producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For six years, she led digital storytelling projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting as senior multimedia producer. Her multimedia reports have been featured by NPR.org, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Grist, Time.com, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, KQED, PBS NewsHour, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Public Radio International, Poynter, Columbia Journalism Review and many other publications. Her specialty is crafting digital narratives and exploring ways to use video, audio, photography, animation and interactive graphics to push the boundaries of storytelling on the Web, tablets and mobile. Her work has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Best of the West, the Online News Association, Scripps Howard, The Gracies, and was part of the entry in a Pulitzer-finalist project. Prior to her time at CIR she was a magazine and book editor, video journalist, newspaper reporter and TV comedy scriptwriter. She was on the 2010 Eddie Adams Workshop faculty as a multimedia producer working with MediaStorm to teach digital storytelling techniques to photojournalists. She completed a master’s degree in journalism at UC Berkeley in 2005.
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