Caitlin Doornbos

Caitlin Doornbos reports for Stars and Stripes out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

She’s a University of Kansas graduate who previously covered crime and breaking news for the Orlando Sentinel. Her reporting helped the Sentinel become a Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news for its coverage of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Email: doornbos.caitlin@stripes.com

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