Some of the most beautiful in depth reporting this year came from coverage of ten-year anniversary of 9/11, and the Post was no exception. Being a muslim in America, the death of Osama bin Laden, and the end of Baghdad’s Freedom Radio all fell under that umbrella.
But war is also a part of our culture at the moment, and Videojournalist Evelio Contreras followed a first-year student at the Naval Academy who was glad to finish his plebe year, offering insight into what young recruits are thinking as they join. While AJ Chavar took us back to the roots of our democracy with a dispatch from the front lines of the start of the civil war, learning that some attitudes towards war have been around since the conflict that helped shaped our nation.
Under Suspicion: Voices about Muslims in America (by Ben de la Cruz and Alexandra Garcia)
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Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, many Muslims in this country struggle to reconcile their American identity with their faith amid skepticism from non-Muslims. In dozens of video interviews conducted by Washington Post journalists across the country, Americans of all religious backgrounds candidly talk about the roots of suspicion, misunderstandings about Islam and confronting their own fears.
The Hunt (by Alexandra Garcia and Ben de la Cruz)
For almost a decade, U.S. intelligence officials were stymied by Osama bin Laden. That is until CIA analysts at Langley changed their focus to the al-Qaeda leader’s secret courier network. (See the full project, including text, photo, video and interactives here)
The age of 9/11 (by Whitney Shefte)
How old were you when the planes struck the World Trade Center? And where were you? And where are you now — 10 years older, 10 years after the attacks? These and similar questions are ones The Post has explored around the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. (See the full interactive project here)
Shanksville: A small town, forever changed (by AJ Chavar)
The events of September 11, 2001, left a lasting impact on the small town of Shanksville, Pa. In the decade since Flight 93 crashed in a field nearby, the community has worked to construct a memorial that honors the heroes and victims who perished that day, and offers closure and a place of healing to those who visit.
Baghdad’s Freedom Radio signs off (Produced by Kristen Boghosian)
Morning show hosts Prickel and Townsend signed off for the last time from Freedom Radio, an American Forces Network station that has been broadcasting from Baghdad since December 2003.
‘Plebes no more,’ at the Naval Academy (by Evelio Contreras)
Brandon Romero, a first-year student at the U.S. Naval Academy, felt a big weight off his shoulders when a member of his class reached the top of the Herndon Monument and officially ended his plebe year.
Dispatches from the frontlines (by AJ Chavar)
The days leading up to the firing on Fort Sumter were mentally and physically taxing on the federal and confederate soldiers stationed at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. Through the diligent research and faithful acting of the historical actors at the Sesquicentennial of the first battle of the Civil War, those events become real again.