This is the sixth in an ongoing series of posts attempting to bring the readers along as a reporter researches, writes and publishes an article in The Washington Post.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve done a great deal of reporting and interviewing about the case of Pfc. David H Sharrett II of Oakton, who died in a friendly fire incident in Iraq in 2008. I’ve spoken with soldiers who were there, family members, Army commanders, even a three-star general who was in Iraq when Sharrett was killed.
Now it’s time to write the story. I will be going dark here on the State of NoVa for the next couple of weeks, while focusing on reviewing notes and documents, writing drafts of the story and then pushing it through the painful editing process. I hope to have it published soon, accompanied by a video package of interviews and actual overhead footage of the combat episode.
Here’s the full background to this point: