Conflict Reporter at Cantigny

Why do journalists voluntarily go to war? That was the main topic of a recent event at Cantigny’s First Division Museum.
Former Washington Post writer Jackie Spinner spoke to a full house about her 5 years as a conflict reporter in Iraq.

Spinner also told the audience she had the opportunity to break the story of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison back in 2004, but didn’t because she gained her information from a soldier inside, off the record.

“When the Washington Post wanted to break the story I didn’t feel like I could put her on the record without her permission, it was a violation of trust,” said Spinner. “And as a journalist the only thing I have is my credibility, that’s what makes people talk to me, that’s what gives me access to stories.”

The presentation also included Spinner’s personal photographs from her time in the war zone.

The event was part of Cantigny’s monthly “Date With History” series.

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