Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? screening

Film - Documentary | November 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, ROOM 310

 Zachary Stauffer, Investigative Reporting Program

 Graduate School of Journalism, Investigative Reporting Program

The Investigative Reporting Program is hosting a free screening of the documentary Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?.

Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old U.S. Naval Academy graduate and the father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the U.S. military. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorn’s colleagues and family, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is at once a poignant picture of one family's tragedy and a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.

The film—produced by the Investigative Reporting Program's Zachary Stauffer and associate producer Jason Paladino—recently won the Audience Favorite Award in Active Cinema at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

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