Nov 3, 2015
In a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club, we explored the legacy of Dickey Chapelle, a combat photographer from Shorewood who was killed in Vietnam 50 years ago. Known for her fearlessness, Chapelle covered the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II, and traveled to Algeria, Panama, Lebanon, Hungary, Cuba and Vietnam on assignment for National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, National Observer and other publications. She was killed at the age of 47, and is believed to be the first female American correspondent to die on assignment. Chapelle was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame in 2014. Program participants include Maryann Lazarski, producer and director of a new Milwaukee Public Television documentary about Chapelle; writer John Garofolo, author of a new book/photo retrospective on Chapelle published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press; and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones, who has made has made eight trips to U.S. war zones to report on Wisconsin troops in service.