Kevin Maurer has covered the military as an embedded journalist for The Fayetteville Observer for four years.
In 2003, he followed 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers in Iraq during the initial invasion. He returned to cover the soldiers three more times, most recently in 2005 for Iraq's first constitutional referendum. Maurer also has traveled to Afghanistan three times. In 2004, he spent a month with Special Forces teams at various bases. In 2005, he went to Afghanistan twice to cover 82nd paratroopers and the country's first parliamentary elections. Earlier this year, he was embedded with the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq.
Maurer, 32, is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.