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Joshua Kors
Joshua Kors is an investigative reporter for The Nation, where he covers military and veterans' issues.

He is the winner of the National Magazine Award, George Polk Award, IRE Award, National Headliner Award, Casey Medal, Mental Health Media Award, and the Military Reporters and Editors Award. He was also a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award, Livingston Award, Tom Renner Award, John Bartlow Martin Award, Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.

His work is featured in the American Society of Magazine Editors' recent anthology "The Best American Magazine Writing 2008."

Kors earned national attention this year for his work uncovering the veterans' benefits scandal. His three-part series showed how military doctors are purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq, labeling them mentally ill in order to deny them medical care and disability pay.

Kors' reporting has been featured on CNN, PBS, BBC, KGO (ABC News, San Francisco), Washington Post Radio and in print in the Village Voice and Nieman Reports, Harvard's journalism quarterly.

In his spare time, he writes for a kids' science magazine, Current Science, and studies ballroom dancing.

For more on Kors' reporting, visit his website:

Entries by Joshua Kors

How to Uncover a Military Conspiracy

(42) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 5:26 PM

Soon after I began reporting on the military, I uncovered something quite disturbing: that thousands of our wounded soldiers are being discharged from the military not for their injuries but for "personality disorder."

By discharging them with this unusual condition,...

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Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 11:06 AM

One number: 22. That's all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. "When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That's almost one every hour. I had to do something," she said. Goosenberg...

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Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning

(5) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Movies, said film critic Roger Ebert, are like an "empathy machine." Their mission: to help us understand a bit more about others' hopes, their fears, their dreams. Movies allow us to walk in others' shoes. They help us "identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."

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Investigative Reporter Alissa Figueroa Exposes Stunning Flaws in Veterans' Benefits System

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Reporter Alissa Figueroa had not been producing puff pieces. Her reports for Fusion (an ABC News/Univision joint venture) had spotlighted California communities with contaminated water and examined holes in America's gun regulations. But the military, that was someone else's beat — until last November, when a veteran contacted...

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Nashville Rocker Holland Marie Drops Fiery, Heartfelt Debut

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 4:11 PM

You haven't heard of Holland Marie. But you will.

For two years the Nashville rocker has been ripping up Music City's honky tonks, marching across the stage in her skin-tight, black pleather pants, gyrating her hips and banging her long, brown locks with...

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Bettie Page 'Revealed All' to Mark Mori, Director of Sexy, New Biopic

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Few swimsuit models have set the culture on fire quite like Bettie Page.

In the early 1950s, when bikinis could not be bought in stores and photographers could be arrested for sending nude pics through the mail, Page posed for thousands of bondage and spanking photos. Her image was featured...

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Winning the Language War, Defeating 'Military Sexual Trauma'

(36) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 9:12 AM

To military families, the statistics were old news: More than 20 percent of female soldiers are sexually assaulted during service. A female soldier is far more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than killed in combat. More than 19,000 soldiers are sexually assaulted each year. The military...

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Command Sgt. Major Tim Walz's New Mission: Getting Disability Benefits to Wounded Soldiers

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 8:29 PM

Congressman Tim Walz is on a mission. More than seven years after hanging up his National Guard uniform, Walz—the highest-ranking enlisted soldier on Capitol Hill—is fighting for a group of veterans few have ever heard of: wounded soldiers discharged with "personality disorder."

Most Americans know about the enormous...

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Oscar Nominee Kirby Dick Speaks Out About Raped Female Soldiers

(77) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:31 PM

In 2007 filmmaker Kirby Dick read an article about the thousands of female soldiers raped while serving in Iraq. He was stunned by the numbers: More than 20 percent of female soldiers are sexually assaulted during service. A female soldier is far more likely to be raped by...

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Six Ways to Honor Our Veterans

(24) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 2:07 PM

Forget wearing a flag pin. Or slapping a "We Support the Troops" bumper sticker on your Prius. This Veterans Day push yourself to do something that's actually meaningful. Here are six ways to honor our soldiers.

Share this list with your Facebook...

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Guor Marial: Marathon Runner Flees Sudan, Heads to London Olympics

(11) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 9:18 AM

Guor Marial was prepared to sacrifice his Olympic dreams.

The South Sudanese marathon runner swept through the 26.2 miles of Minneapolis' qualifying race in just 2 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds, a mark that should have secured his slot at the London Olympics. But nothing in Marial's life...

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ESPN's Jeremy Schaap: Giving a Voice to Penn State's Victims

(15) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 10:30 PM

Reporting balls and strikes is easy. ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap is pushing a lot deeper.

While others at his sports channel were honing their catch phrases, or providing an inside look at a star point guard's amazing work ethic, Schaap was headed to Bahrain to spotlight the American ally for...

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Q&A with K. Lorrel Manning: Director of Happy New Year Takes Unflinching Look at Injured Soldiers

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Don't let the name fool you. Happy New Year has nothing in common with vacuous holiday comedies like New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. The film, written and directed by K. Lorrel Manning, explores the lives of soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, digging into the ugly internal war so...

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Q&A With Jim Gaffigan: 'Hot Pocket' Comedian Reaches Out to Our Wounded Soldiers (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Few men have turned being fat and lazy into a burgeoning career with as much skill as Jim Gaffigan. The acclaimed comic has produced eight albums and a series of viral videos, each probing the depths of his sloth, from the joys of riding escalators to, most famously, his hunger...

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Q&A with Joe Berlinger, Director of West Memphis Three Documentary (VIDEO)

(35) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 12:25 PM

In 1993 acclaimed director Joe Berlinger arrived in West Memphis, Arkansas, a community still in shock after three eight-year-old boys disappeared, then were found dead in a nearby ravine. Facing a public that was both enraged and afraid, police scrambled to make an arrest. Soon three local teens—Damien Echols, Jason...

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Little-known Muppet Takes Center Stage: Q&A With Murray Monster, Rising Star of Sesame Street

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 9:37 PM

Suddenly the Muppets are everywhere. Kermit is doing Ellen, Miss Piggy is on Jimmy Kimmel, and Murray Monster is speaking with a Huffington Post contributor.


Murray may not be as famous as his amphibious and porcine companions, but he is a key reason why his...

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Q&A With Jessica Sherr, Star of
Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 12:11 AM

If you're 10 years old or younger, you know Jessica Sherr as the Fruit by the Foot Girl, the effervescent spokeswoman for the popular candy. If you're a struggling actor, you know Sherr as Coach, the founder of Always Actor, which helps New York's up-and-coming performers...

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Q&A With Lisa Kristine, Photographer of Slaves

(127) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 4:35 PM

The most pernicious lie still taught in elementary school is that slavery ended in 1865 with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. The truth is more disturbing. Today, 146 years later, slavery is rampant, both in the U.S. and abroad. It lives in the dusty, pitch-black mine shafts of Ghana,...

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$2,000 Essay Contest for Military Families

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

"Support Our Troops" may be Memorial Day's official slogan, but this holiday Sergeant Chuck Luther is pushing for a second message: support our troops' children.

Millions have been following the sergeant's extraordinary story on TV, on radio and in print. Luther served...

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Q&A With Dan Savage: On Obama, Fox News' Shepard Smith and Success of 'It Gets Better' Project

(130) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 8:12 PM

Dan Savage first made his mark with his nationally syndicated sex advice column, Savage Love, an X-rated guide for a generation of kink-savvy readers, from youths interested in trying anal sex to married adults considering a three-way tryst. A gay activist—for years he asked readers to address him...

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