Stars and Stripes reporter honored for war coverage
Army Sgt. Wyatt Mayes grimaces as a back brace is moved underneath him while Air Force Pararescueman Master Sgt. Bill Strouse, center, listens to Army Pfc. James Heffner, left. The soldiers were wounded in an improvised explosive device attack in Helmand province on June 24.
Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — A Stars and Stripes reporter won two awards from a journalism group that focuses on war and military coverage.
Laura Rauch was honored by Military Reporters and Editors with two prizes — one for print stories for small-market newspapers and one for photography in the same category.
According to the news release announcing the awards, Rauch’s stories of two units in Afghanistan — the Army Pathfinders and the Air Force Pararescue teams — were “artful accounts of the quiet heroism of those who race to extract their fellow soldiers during enemy attacks and rescue the wounded even under fire themselves.”
The group cited Rauch’s detailed “retelling of the dramatic day the Pathfinders lost eight comrades and reveals Rauch’s own skills as a careful and compassionate interviewer.”
For her photography, the group said that “Rauch’s gripping, stellar and artful selection of photographs from combat in Afghanistan brings you eye-to-eye with the danger, fear, emotion, pain and grit of the action, from the wrenching grimace of a soldier wounded in an IED attack to the haunting face of a young Afghan girl shyly waving from a doorway at a passing soldier.”
Rauch worked for Stars and Stripes from April 2011 through January 2013.
On its web site, MRE “exists to advance public understanding of the military,” as well as help journalists gain access to government and military operations.