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Jackie Spinner (Photo provided)

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park presents a free program by journalist Jackie Spinner at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the Cantigny Visitors Center Theater in Wheaton. Spinner will discuss her role as a combat journalist embedded with the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-05 and 2009-11.

She also will reflect on what it’s like to be a female journalist in a war zone, and why journalists travel to dangerous, war-torn countries. She was a staff writer for the Washington Post for 14 years, and covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A 2010-11 U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Oman, Spinner founded two independent student newspapers in the Middle East: The Voice in Iraq and Al Mir’ah in Oman.

Most recently, Spinner covered the Arab Spring demonstrations for Slate and The Christian Science Monitor.  She is the author of “Tell Them I Didn’t Cry: A Young Journalist’s Story of Joy, Loss and Survival in Iraq” (Scribner 2006).

She is an assistant professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago and is co-director of the traveling photography exhibit “Conflict Zone.”  The exhibit was shown by the First Division Museum earlier this year.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and admission and parking are complimentary. For more information, call 630-260-8187.

The event is part of the First Division Museum’s popular “Date with History” series. The monthly programs feature an evening of lively discussion with authors, panelists, historians and special speakers. Information about upcoming programs is online at