Foreign Wars

The Backstory: J. Malcolm Garcia

Narrative storyteller and Investigative Fund reporter J. Malcolm Garcia talks about the detailed note-taking he used in his award-winning series on military burn pits, writing down everything, and how to move the story forward.

The Backstory: Joshua E.S. Phillips

Investigative Fund reporter Joshua E.S. Phillips discusses the “Detainee Abuse Task Force” which was created in Iraq to investigative allegations of cruel treatment of detainees. Despite their handling of hundreds of cases, not a single one led to a court martial hearing. Phillips discusses the culture of torture that may persist within the Army as a result of impunity for abuses committed during the Bush administration.

The Backstory: Aram Roston

Veteran investigative reporter Aram Roston shares his experiences embedding with the military, explains when it’s best to remain unembedded, and offers advice to anyone reporting from a conflict zone for the first time.