Leo Shane III is an award-winning military and veterans affairs reporter whose work has drawn national recognition from policy leaders, media peers and troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, who rely on his insight as an objective voice on issues affecting their lives.

He has worked in Washington, D.C. since 2004, covering Capitol Hill and the White House. His beats include legislation affecting military policy and veterans issues. His work also includes overseas coverage of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chile and Ecuador.

He has become a prominent voice on veterans issues, chronicling troops’ transition back to civilian life and the challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In 2010, Shane was part of a team of reporters who received a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for stories that revealed the military’s practice of profiling journalists in Afghanistan in an attempt to steer coverage of the war.

Prior to his national work, Shane covered state and local politics for newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Philadelphia. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Leo’s background and experience
  • Helping veterans tell their stories
  • Reporting on veteran issues early in the Global War on Terror
  • Mental Health reporting in the media
  • Helping to understand the needs of veterans through communicating with them
  • Shining the light on shortcomings and gaps while supporting the mission of the VA
  • The evolution of the VA
  • The MISSION Act
  • Demanding more of a system is different than giving up on a system

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

The Defense Nerds Podcast on iTunes and Google Play

Leo on Social Media:


Leo’s articles in the Military Times

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