‘I Didn’t Make It’

“Flaviana Decker, a waitress at Walt Disney World and single mother to two daughters, struggles to hold on to her middle-class life amid a pandemic and catastrophic layoff.”

Author: Greg Jaffe
Published: Dec 11, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,206 words)

A mentally ill man, a heavily armed teenager, and the night Kenosha burned

“Cast by conservatives as a battle between antifa agitators and a right-wing ‘patriot,’ this summer’s deadliest protest-related incident was not quite what it seemed.”

Published: Oct 3, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,944 words)

A Pandemic, a Motel Without Power, and a Potentially Terrifying Glimpse of Orlando’s Future

The economic collapse has pushed vulnerable families living in motels near Disney World to the brink.

Author: Greg Jaffe
Published: Sep 10, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,400 words)

The Cursed Platoon

“Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road. A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed. Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump. His troops have suffered a very different fate.”

Author: Greg Jaffe
Published: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

Love for Wounded Soldier Upon Return from Afghanistan

Rebecca’s college roommate worried that Rebecca was mistaking empathy for romantic love and would find herself in a relationship that she could not end. “Who could break the heart of an Army officer who lost both his legs?” Sabrina recalled thinking.

Author: Greg Jaffe
Source: Washington Post
Published: Oct 8, 2011
Length: 16 minutes (4,148 words)

On Military Life and Sacrifice

Before he addressed the crowd that had assembled in the St. Louis Hyatt Regency ballroom last November, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly had one request. “Please don’t mention my son,” he asked the Marine Corps officer introducing him. Four days earlier, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly , 29, had stepped on a land mine while leading a platoon of Marines in southern Afghanistan. He was killed instantly. Without once referring to his son’s death, the general delivered a passionate and at times angry speech about the military’s sacrifices and its troops’ growing sense of isolation from society.

Author: Greg Jaffe
Source: Washington Post
Published: Mar 2, 2011
Length: 11 minutes (2,890 words)

A Personal Touch in Taliban Fight

In the Afghan Mountains, a Company Commander Strives to Gain the Trust of Frustrated Villagers

Author: Greg Jaffe
Source: Washington Post
Published: Jun 22, 2009
Length: 9 minutes (2,444 words)