Reporter covering local news, Washington institutions and historical topics Education: Villanova University, BA and MA in history; Nieman fellow, Harvard University Michael E. Ruane is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics. He has been a general assignment reporter at the Philadelphia Bulletin, an urban affairs and state feature writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and a Pentagon correspondent at Knight Ridder newspapers. Honors & Awards:
Part of the Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize prize in 2008 for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting
Books by Michael E. Ruane:
With Sari Horwitz: Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers Who Terrorized the Nation.
Bound for destiny and Hiroshima, the Enola Gay carried 12 men, hope, and the power for epic destruction. The silver airplane, named for the pilot’s mother, barely got off the ground that morning with the world’s first atomic bomb.
Newly digitized payroll receipts at the National Archives show that the enslaved were forced to tend mounds of excrement to extract saltpeter for gunpowder, aiding the Confederate fight to keep them in bondage.