Investigating the Military's Mental Health Crisis with NPR's Danny Zwerdling

  Danny Zwerdling (left) and Michael de Yoanna accept the duPont-Columbia Award for their reporting, "Invisible Wounds."

Danny Zwerdling (left) and Michael de Yoanna accept the duPont-Columbia Award for their reporting, "Invisible Wounds."

"When somebody comes back with [PTSD], it does just it doesn't just affect him or her. It affects their spouse, their children, their friends, their employer, the entire community."

We spoke to Daniel Zwerdling, NPR journalist extraordinaire, who has spent years reporting on veterans’ rights. He spoke to us about the parallels between journalism and psychology, his best interview techniques, reporting short news stories versus year-long investigations of the government. 

Danny Zwerdling won a 2017 duPont-Columbia Award for "Invisible Wounds," an NPR collaboration with Colorado Public Radio's Michael de Yoanna. See the rest of the 2017 winners here

UPDATE: Since this episode was published, in February 2018 Zwerdling left NPR following multiple sexual harassment allegations by former and current NPR staffers and interns.   Zwerdling has denied the accusations.

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