Los Angeles Times

David Zucchino

Writer

David Zucchino is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for reporting from South Africa. He’s a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of Iraq, Lebanon, Africa and inner-city Philadelphia. He has reported from more than two dozen nations, with a recent focus on Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. He is the author of the books "Thunder Run" and "Myth of the Welfare Queen." Zucchino left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Navy's first openly gay SEAL builds his life anew

    Navy's first openly gay SEAL builds his life anew

    For years, Brett Jones lived a double life. He was a Navy SEAL, a muscular M-60 gunner trained to kill and survive in enemy territory. He was also gay. He held his secret close, so close that his SEAL teammates — his closest friends — never suspected. Jones was careful to introduce his male lover,...

  • U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

    U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

    Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their son refused his parents' pleas to try college. He followed them both into the Army instead. ------------ FOR THE RECORD This story says that...

  • Army wife takes pride in husband's service, family's lifestyle

    Army wife takes pride in husband's service, family's lifestyle

    A sign hangs prominently in Lori Ballard's kitchen: "Army Wife – Courage – Strength – Sacrifice." For 18 years — since she was 19 and, she says, "straight out of my Mom's house" — Ballard has been an Army wife. Her husband, 1st Sgt. Craig Ballard, was already in the Army when they married. "He...

  • After Duke guilty verdict, fears and questions linger about coal ash

    After Duke guilty verdict, fears and questions linger about coal ash

    Duke Energy may have been hauled into federal court and smacked with a $102-million penalty for polluting North Carolina rivers with potentially toxic coal ash, but that didn’t do much for the tainted well water at Barbara Morales’ house. Morales, 67, lives on fixed income in Belmont, just west...

  • Duke Energy fined $102 million for polluting rivers with coal ash

    Duke Energy fined $102 million for polluting rivers with coal ash

    Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electrical utility, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers for several years with toxic coal ash from five power plants in North Carolina. The $50.5-billion company was fined $102...

  • Starbucks not liable for spilled coffee that burned officer, jury says

    Starbucks not liable for spilled coffee that burned officer, jury says

    Police Sgt. Matthew Kohr got a cup of coffee from his usual barista, Ali, one day in January 2012 at Starbucks Store No. 8373 in the North Carolina capital. The venti-size coffee blend — Kohr says Ali called it "something special" — was hot. It spilled into the officer's lap. His inner thigh was...

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