WASHINGTON, DC –- Organizers for the 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Awards have announced that veteran war reporter, Alex Quade’s “Horse Soldiers of 9/11” has won the award in the category of National Online for Writing.
“Horse Soldiers of 9/11” was an original, groundbreaking story for The Daily Caller. The story was later been expanded into a short film of the same name narrated by actor, Gary Sinise and is now being screened at film festivals across the country.
War reporter, Alex Quade has made a career out of “going to bad places” as an embedded reporter. In body armor, helmet and anti-ballistic eyewear protection, she has covered U.S. soldiers in war zones around the globe including Iraq and Afghanistan. Extreme storytelling and silent risk-taking lie at the heart of what she does.
It was in her capacity as a war reporter that Alex tracked down the elite commandos who first rode horses into Afghanistan after 9/11. Those secretive teams of U.S. Special Operations Forces, including Green Berets, Air Force Special Operations Combat Controllers and CIA Operatives, shared their stories with Alex.
It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. All at once the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of small teams of U.S. Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: ride horses into combat. That photo would go on to inspire an artist to sculpt an 18ft tall monument at Ground Zero ten years later.
The courage of the first into battle is what guarantees the courage of those that follow: Horse Soldiers Of 9/11 by war reporter, Alex Quade.
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