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Joy today: The bravery of the writers who were the Murrow Boys on this D-Day anniversary

My senior college thesis in history at University of Pennsylvania was on foreign correspondents in Germany and occupied areas during the Third Reich, especially Edward R. Murrow and William L. Shirer of CBS News, which started their radio division to keep the world informed of what was happening before, during, and after the war, and every day since. I scoured diaries and archives in constant awe of their brave work. Their reporting changed and saved the world, I argued. Without it, we may have never known how dire the situation was and remained complacent when we needed to act. To these brave reporters, all the media outlets that supported them, & to all the troops whom we will never be able to thank enough who gave everything when we were down to nothing, I salute you on this 75th D-Day anniversary.

Here are a few photos that were a part of my thesis.

The first is William L. Shirer writing his report on a typewriter. It was the story of the French surrender in June 1940 in Compiègne, north of Paris.

The second is of “The Murrow Boys”. America’s eyes and ears were those of these correspondents who were hired by and working with Edward R. Murrow. Eric Sevareid, Charles Collingwood, Larry LeSueur, and William L. Shirer belonged to this group. Shirer ran the Berlin bureau while Murrow ran the London bureau. In their report they would take listeners inside air raid shelters, to landmarks all over Europe just before a bombing attack, and then to the ruble that remained after the bombs had fallen. They risked everything so that we would know everything. That’s what writers do.

 

 

About Christa Avampato

The short of it: Writer. Health, education, and art advocate. Theater and film producer. Visual artist. Product geek. Proud alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (MBA). Inspired by ancient wisdom & modern tech. Proliferator of goodness. Opener of doors. Friend to animals. Fan of creative work in all its wondrous forms. I use my business skills to create passion projects that build a better world. I’ve been called the happiest New Yorker, and I try hard to live up to that title every day. The long of it: My career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, entertainment, technology, and financial services. I’ve been a product developer and product manager, theater manager, strategic consultant, marketer, voice over artist, , teacher, and fundraiser. I use my business and storytelling to support and sustain passion projects that build a better world. In every experience, I’ve used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, and events. While building a business career, I also built a strong portfolio as a journalist, novelist, freelance writer, interviewer, presenter, and public speaker. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, Boston.com, Royal Media Partners publications, and The Motley Fool on a wide range of topics including business, technology, science, health, education, culture, and lifestyle. I have also been an invited speaker at SXSW, Teach for America, Avon headquarters, Games for Change, NYU, Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The first book in my young adult book series, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, was acquired by a publisher and launched in November 2017. I’m currently working on the second book in the series. A recovering multi-tasker, I’m equally at home in front of my Mac, on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I also cut up small bits of paper and put them back together as a collage artist. My company: I’m bringing together all of my business and creative career paths as the Founder of Double or Nothing Media: • I craft products, programs, and projects that make a difference; • I build the business plans that make what I craft financially sustainable; • I tell the stories that matter about the people, places, and products that inspire me. Follow my adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/christanyc and Instagram at https://instagram.com/christarosenyc.

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