Mike Arnholt

Executive Editor, The Fayetteville Observer

Fayetteville, NC

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Some of our coverage area is Fort Bragg – one of the biggest military bases in the world. There are about 50,000 soldiers at Fort Bragg. And, since 2001, the soldiers at Fort Bragg have been continually involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have – at least a dozen times – sent a reporter and photographer teams into these countries embedded with those soldiers to tell their stories and, of course, we post – we run those stories in the paper but we also post them on our website.

And it has been touching – almost – to hear from the families of these soldiers – across the country – who will tell us that if it weren’t for our paper they wouldn’t have any idea what was happening to their children.