Military editor @fayobserver covering @ftbraggnc, Atropia & Pineland. @UofSC alum. Past embeds: Iraq ('11) Afghanistan ('12 & '14x2). Fmr @goupstate @shelbystar

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Biography

Drew Brooks leads coverage of the military and Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the Fayetteville Observer.
He has reported on troops serving overseas four times, including three times in Afghanistan (April-May 2012, April-May 2014 and November-December 2014) and once in Iraq and Kuwait (November 20...

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Nov 22, 2017

“It helps the families. And if it helps the families, we know it helps our @82ndABNDiv.” Paratroopers and families in need receive holiday meals from 82nd Airborne ministry teams and 82nd Airborne Division Association. https://t.co/GQVfNUFOs7

Nov 22, 2017

ICYMI: Fort Bragg's Christmas tree arrived yesterday. It will be decorated next week and lit during a special ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 30 https://t.co/5DY7iNzWiD

Nov 22, 2017

Guys... @2BCT_FALCONS are wheeling around a cart of Prime Rib, delivering meet to your seat for Thanksgiving. It's like a dream come true. https://t.co/hbQ3tkV9J5

Nov 22, 2017

Time to eat. The @2BCT_FALCONS DFAC will be serving Thanksgiving meals until 1 p.m. https://t.co/sdWJQBKaZl

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What's your favorite social network?

Twitter. It's invaluable as a way to find story ideas and engage readers and sources alike.

What was your first job as a journalist?

My first job as a journalist came while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, helping cover the state legislature for the AP.

How is social media changing news?

Twitter, specifically, is allowing a direct link between readers and journalists. It also allows the reader to see the writer's personality.

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2013 - 2nd Place in Nondeadline Reporting for Small Dailies - Green Eyeshade Awards

N.C. Press Association Award

2012 - General News Reporting - Dailies Circulation 35,000 and higher
1st Place for my series on the Battle for Ghazni, Afghanistan