Army Times medical reporter Kelly Kennedy speaks to journalism students





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In February 2008 Kelly Kennedy was named one of four finalists for the Michael Kelly Award for a series she wrote about the hardest hit unit in Iraq, with whom she embedded in 2007. Her book about the unit, "They Fought for Each Other," comes out March 2, 2010. In February 2006, she broke the Walter Reed story the day before the Washington Post did and in recent months she has broken story after story about the dangers to troop health posed by so-called burn pits in Irag — burning trash heaps that spew toxic chemicals.

Kennedy has been with the Military Times papers since November 2005, after finishing up a master's in journalism at the University of Colorado and an internship at the Chicago Tribune. Prior to that, she worked as a family issues reporter for The Oregonian and a crime reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune. She has also worked as a freelance writer for NASA, The Associated Press, the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. Kennedy served in the Army from 1987 to 1993, including tours in the Middle East during Desert Storm, and in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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