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    Interview with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

    by  • December 19, 2013 • Uncategorized


    Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett welcomes me into his office with a casual “What’s up?” and a fist bump. On the wall of his office in the City-County Building, opposite the large windows overlooking the Tennessee River, is a framed six foot by ten foot American flag. The flag is yellowing with age and...

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    Congressional Medal of Honor flag flies over Knoxville

    by  • December 9, 2013 • Uncategorized

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    More than 100 veterans and civilians stood together in silence as the honor guard handed the Congressional Medal of Honor Society flag to Medal of Honor recipient Col. Joe Marm. He attached it to the flag pole below the American flag and began to raise them both into the East Tennessee sky. The light...

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    Behind the Scenes: Designsensory

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Uncategorized

    While the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention is still more than nine months away, preparations for the convention have been going on for more than a year. Joe Kuczynski, a graduate student in Journalism and Electronic Media, goes to Designsensory to see how this local design firm is shaping the visual feel of the convention.

    Capt. William Swenson awarded Medal of Honor

    by  • October 15, 2013 • Uncategorized

    Capt. Swenson is the 12th recipient and sixth living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the 3,463rd recipient of the medal since its inception and the 79th currently living recipient. Sweson is the first army officer to receive the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.

    Swenson was awarded the medal by the President of the United States for action during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan. The official narrative from the U.S. Army can be read here, and The Washington Post created a fantastic 8-minute documentary about Swenson and the Battle of Ganjgal. Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was also awarded the medal for action during the Battle of Ganjgal. There has been some controversy related to the variance between the stories of Swenson and Meyer.

    Gettysburg Day 2: Meeting Real Life Heros

    by  • September 21, 2013 • Uncategorized


    There is one thing that has struck me about the Medal of Honor Convention in Gettysburg. It’s not the number of recipients who came, although there are nearly 50. It isn’t the wonderful job the people in Gettysburg are doing running a great convention, which they are. The thing that has struck me is...

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    Medal of Honor Project featured on WBIR

    by  • September 20, 2013 • Uncategorized


    We were featured on WBIR for our coverage of the Gettysburg Medal of Honor Convention. WBIR lead anchor John Becker interviewed Nick Geidner, assistant professor of journalism and director of the Medal of Honor Project, about what we were doing in Gettysburg and the overall goals of the project.

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    Prepping for Gettysburg

    by  • September 18, 2013 • Uncategorized

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    The Medal of Honor Project is taking its first road trip. Four student and two staff from the School of Journalismand Electronic Media will be going to Gettysburg, Pa. from Thursday to Sunday to report from the 2013 Medal of Honor Convention. JEM students Jake Thompson, Taylor Hathorn, Kyle Knell and Jackie DelPilar, will...

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