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Award-winning journalist from Vt. killed in car accident

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

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.

Michael Hastings was 33.

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