Joshua Kors

Joshua Kors

Joshua Kors is an investigative reporter for The Nation, where he covers military and veterans' issues. He is the winner of the National Magazine Award, George Polk Award, IRE Award, National Headliner Award, Casey Medal, Deadline Club Award, Mental Health Media Award, the National Press Club's Hume Award and the Military Reporters and Editors Award. He was also a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award, Livingston Award, Tom Renner Award, John Bartlow Martin Award, Molly Ivins Prize, Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. His work is featured in the American Society of Magazine Editors' anthology The Best American Magazine Writing 2008. Kors earned national attention for his work uncovering the veterans' benefits scandal. His three-part series showed how military doctors are purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, labeling them mentally ill in order to deny them medical care and disability pay. He continued his reporting with ABC News, collaborating with Bob Woodruff on "World News Tonight" and "Nightline" pieces covering the scandal. The "Nightline" report was part of a series on the struggles of wounded soldiers, which won the Peabody Award. In July 2007 Kors testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, which convened to investigate his reporting. His testimony led to the creation of two new laws governing military discharges signed by President Bush in January and October 2008. In September 2010 the House VA Committee convened again to examine Kors' reporting. His testimony sparked a Pentagon investigation into the U.S. Army's torture of an American soldier. Kors' reporting has been featured on CNN, PBS, BBC, KGO (ABC News, San Francisco), Washington Post Radio, and in print in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Current Science, and Nieman Reports, Harvard's journalism quarterly. From 2004 to 2005 Kors worked at Northern California's top-rated news station, KCBS - AM in San Francisco, while reporting on politics and education for Knight Ridder's Contra Costa Times. In 2003 he earned a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York. In 2001 he graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College. Before moving to New York, Kors worked as a reporter for The Spectrum, a Gannett-owned daily in St. George, Utah. His front-page reports included an examination of the Utah National Guard and an interview with Senator Orrin Hatch regarding his controversial stand on stem-cell research. In 2016 Kors earned a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. He spoke about his military reporting at a TEDx Talk held in November 2015 at Vanderbilt University. Last updated May 2017

Investigations

Disposable Soldiers

Chuck Luther is the latest victim of the military willfully misdiagnosing injured soldiers with a “pre-existing” personality disorder — and discharging them without the health benefits they desperately need.

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