Meg Jones is a journalist and war correspondent who frequently writes about the military, history and veterans issues for her hometown Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. On four trips to Iraq as an embedded reporter and another four trips to Afghanistan, between 2003 and 2014, Meg followed Wisconsin troops as they performed their missions in war zones. Born in Rhinelander, Wis. - which officially makes her a Hodag - Jones grew up in Milwaukee and earned degrees in journalism and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked as a reporter and photographer for campus newspapers, played in the UW marching band and rowed on the Badger crew team. She was a reporter for daily newspapers in Marinette, Shawano and Wausau, Wis. and worked for USA Today before being hired by the Milwaukee Sentinel shortly before the Sentinel merged with The Milwaukee Journal. She taught journalism at Marquette University for more than a decade. Jones was a Pulitzer finalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as part of a team that covered the outbreak of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin’s whitetail deer herd. This is her first book.