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ID:

203

Date:

2002-12-17

Headline:

At Least We Got to Kiss Him Goodbye

Reporter's name:

Kevin Sack

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Los Angeles Times

City:

Coggin, IA

Summary:

An Iowa mother was on the scene with a video camera running when her son's Harrier "jump" jet crashed, killing him and creating a police report that the Los Angeles Times found in stacks of Department of Defense investigative files it obtained under FOIA. Reporter Kevin Sack learned about the mother's videotape from the police report, leading him to interview the pilot's parents and watch the video. The grieving family gave Sack a human touch in a series of stories on a spate of Harrier crashes, which won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

Impact:

Series won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2003


Agencies:

DOD

States:

IA

Categories:

military


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