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Salem-News.com's Tim King Leaves for IraqBonnie King Salem-News.com
War correspondent Tim King is joining Oregon troops to bring their stories to the world.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Salem-News.com is pleased to announce that Tim's international news mission has begun. Our chief reporter Tim King has departed Oregon for a five-week assignment in Iraq where he will be embedded with Oregon National Guard soldiers arriving there for a year-long combat tour.
Joined for a proper send off at the Portland airport by Q Madp and some of his PGR friends, Tim bid us all farewell as he walked down the terminal heavy-laden with camera equipment and more and into a new phase of Salem-News.com war reports.
We at Salem-News.com are very proud of Tim, and his motivation to join the troops at this time of continuing unrest. It is the second time Tim has covered the Oregon Guard forces at war; in November 2006 Tim reported from the war in Afghanistan for a two-month period covering a wide array of stories there.
While the country is experiencing a severe lack of reporting from the war zones, this coverage will bring a fresh perspective to the events taking place there.
Tim will be with the 641st Aviation Group with the Oregon Guard, being deployed to work in the aviation sector in roles that are vital to aircraft operations at Balad, Iraq. They will be supplying surveillance, air traffic control and more aviation related necessities. For many soldiers, it will be their third or even fourth tour of duty. These Oregon Guard soldiers were officially mobilized last week with a ceremony in full attendance by friends, family and high ranking officials.
This mission has been much anticipated for several months, and he is well prepared to get down to business. Many journalists and mainstream media groups in the U.S. have opted out of their responsibility to bring the whole story to the American public, while Salem-News.com has risen to the occasion.
We believe it is our job, as journalists, to document and communicate with candor and tact the progress and challenges of our forces of war. Getting to the heart of the matter is what journalists do. Salem-News.com is committed to this cause.
Tim King's video reports will be published as quickly as he can get them to us. In this instance, unlike his Afghanistan mission, he will be mainly posting from the field giving less downtime between the report and publication.
Oregonians are a special group, and we mean to bring to our viewers a true view of how they are getting the job done with pride and efficiency. Tim's stories will bring our Oregon Guard soldiers closer to home, via Salem-News.com.
Please stay tuned.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 in Afghanistan with Oregon troops, and his coverage from Iraq that was set to begin in April has now commenced and will be ongoing throughout the next many weeks. Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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