Milwaukee journalist to speak at UWO on reporting in warzones

Journalist Meg Jones said the stories she’s written while in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t very different from the stories she tells from her home newspaper in Wisconsin.

“There is a beginning, middle and end…there is a reason you’re writing the story,” said Jones, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter who has been embedded a half dozen times since 2002.

Jones will speak to University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students and community members Oct. 7  in War: Through Her Eyes about her experiences as an embedded reporter. She hopes to answer a lot of questions, talk about what she’s seen and done over the years, share some photos and offer a little career advice to those who might be interested in traveling to a warzone.

The discussion, which will be held at Reeve Memorial Union’s theater, is part of the student-produced series War: Through Their Eyes, which involves stories and podcasts about war experiences of UW Oshkosh students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Jones was most recently in Afghanistan during July and August. Prior, she’s been embedded with Wisconsin units in Iraq in 2002, 2005 and 2008 and in Afghanistan in 2006, 2009, as well as last summer.

“As long as there are Wisconsin folks over there, I think there is a need to write about them,” said Jones, a Wisconsin native and 2003 Pulitzer finalist (Read more by Amanda Wimmer).


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