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David Tarrant

Dave Tarrant started at The Dallas Morning News in 1984 as a suburban reporter. In 1986, he wrote a series on the hungry and homeless in Dallas that won the Heywood Broun award. From 1988 to 1992, Tarrant worked at Stars & Stripes in Europe and covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War. He returned to the News in 1993 to write profiles, narratives and enterprise stories. In 2003, on the eve of the war in Iraq, he wrote a four-part series chronicling the journey of four Dallas-area Marine recruits through boot camp, which won a Texas Associated Press Managing Editors award. He won another Texas APME in 2008 for a three-part series on the journey of a woman whose Air Force pilot husband had been missing since the Vietnam War. He was nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for a series called “Private Battles,” chronicling the struggles of military families after 10 years of war. That series won the 2011 national DART award at Columbia University. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of Holy Cross College, Tarrant lives in Arlington, Texas, with his wife, Sharon, their two children, Jackson and Natalie, and their dogs Sandy and Annie.