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Iraq War Experiences Sparked OC Register Reporter to Journalism

Journalism careers can often be circuitous. Take as an example the trajectory of Louis Casiano Jr. (pictured), who started May 20 as a general assignment reporter covering the region of Placentia for the Orange County Register.

Casiano interned at the Houston Chronicle for nine months as a city reporter. He also did a summer internship stint with an NBC affiliate in Seattle and spent two weeks in Tucson at the New York Times Journalism Institute. But it all began several years earlier, in 2004, on the battlefields of Iraq:

During his one-year deployment, Casiano happened to meet a few print and broadcast journalists. As he observed and discussed their professions, he was drawn to journalism. When returning to the U.S., he attended the University of Houston and graduated with a degree in print journalism and political science.

Congrats to him on his first full-time job in journalism. His initial bylines, fittingly, tie to Memorial Day weekend framed remembrances of fallen soldiers.

[Photo courtesy Orange County Register]

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