VA Authorities Confiscate Tape of Journalist Reporting on Bad Treatment of Veterans

April 10, 2009 11:57 AM

Huma Khan

A stunning story about 26-year-old reporter David Schultz of local NPR station WAMU-FM and a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Schultz was working on a story about a veteran alleging bad treatment at the hands of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tommie Canady, a 56-year-old veteran with a terminal pancreatic disease, says he gets horrible care.

Gloria Hairston, a VA communications specialist, along with two other employees and four armed security guards, stopped Schultz and wouldn’t let him leave until he handed over his equipment. After a confrontation, when Hairston warned Schultz it would get “ugly,” he says, the young reporter gave her the memory card from his tape recorder.


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