Award-winning journalist and Vermonter
Michael Hastings has died.
Hastings grew up in Burlington and
graduated from Rice High School. His parents still call Vermont home.
He was killed in a single-car crash
early Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Hastings won acclaim and the
prestigious George Polk award for his 2010 Rolling Stone article on General
Stanley McChrystal, who was in charge of the war in Afghanistan. The article
revealed the military's criticisms of the Obama administration and led the
general to step down. Hastings was on staff for Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed and
covered the war in Iraq for Newsweek.
"He had a hunger. He
had a real desire to make a difference, to do what journalists are supposed to
do. To watch over the government, to inform the public-- that was his role and
he really took it so seriously. And it's so sad that we've lost that,"
said Traci Griffith, a journalism professor at St. Michael's College in Colchester.
Hastings wrote two books
including one based on his Rolling Stone article about General McChrystal.
More than a decade ago he
spent time working at WCAX learning about TV production.
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