Freelance War Reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces on combat missions. She is the recipient of a national RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s “Tex McCrary Award For Excellence In Journalism” for her war reportage.
The Medal of Honor recipients present the award to individuals who, through their life's work, have distinguished themselves by service or unbiased coverage of the United States Military through journalism. Prior recipients of this prestigious award include legendary broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Mike Wallace, Tim Russert, Paul Harvey, and author Joe Galloway.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society recognized Ms.Quade, "for her courageous reporting and honest news coverage".
Ms. Quade has worked in television for Fox News and CNN. Extreme storytelling and silent risk-taking lie at the heart of what she does. As a "one-man-band", she embeds with elite combat units several months at a time, producing exclusive, long-form, special series and documentaries.
"Chinook Down" is her investigation into the Taliban surface-to-air missile shoot down of a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, that killed all on board. Alex Quade was supposed to be on that helicopter. She survived to report firsthand on the recovery efforts, which included a fierce firefight. The mission involved Army Special Forces Green Berets, Air Force Special Operations assets, Parachute Infantry Regiment and Combat Aviation Brigade elements. Ms. Quade gathered material about the attack on the helicopter, obtained previously unreleased documents from the Pentagon and collected video from soldiers and pilots on the scene. The result of her work is a video special for The New York Times - At War website.
Ms.Quade recently produced and directed a short documentary about Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, “Horse Soldiers of 9/11,” that is currently showing in film festivals nationwide. Narrated by actor Gary Sinise, Quade's film expands her original investigative reports for The Washington Times, CNN.com, and The Daily Caller. Vice President Joe Biden quoted Ms. Quade’s stories during the dedication of a monument paying tribute to the secretive warriors, near ground zero in New York. (FOX affiliates, Armed Forces Network, and the Pentagon Channel re-broadcast the event and Quade’s stories worldwide.)
In Quade's award-winning documentary, "Wounded Warriors" for CNN Presents, she was the first reporter to obtain unprecedented access to injured troops, premiering an exposé on the ravages of battle and the care given at every echelon in war zones. Today, military units include her piece in their pre-mission training, and the President's Commission on Returning Veterans educates decision-makers and troop caregivers with viewings of the film.
Alex Quade serves on the Board of Military Reporters and Editors, the Association of Military Journalists, and has been embedded with every branch of the U.S. military.
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ALEX QUADE'S KEYNOTE DESCRIPTION:
Women need tactical, frontline strategies to overcome obstacles in a testosterone-filled environment. As the ONLY female war correspondent to cover the elite, closed-door, secretive U.S. Special Forces LONG-TERM on combat missions (for CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Times, FOX, etc.)… Alex Quade will share how what she’s learned from those elite Operatives can be applied to gain an edge in a man’s world, and win the daily battles in your life and work.
Life is too short for B.S. and office politics. But when office-politics happen, Alex Quade will show you her Investigative Reporter techniques to navigate corporate battles unscathed and reputation intact! From finding your battle buddy -- to creating genuine connections with people to overcome roadblocks. From gaining access to groups of people who don’t want you in -- to taking risks and getting your voice heard. Frontline strategies to overcome obstacles and get the job done… while still being a strong, confident woman.
Alex Quade’s war zone experiences reaffirm something women everywhere have known since the dawn of time: that qualities such as courage, strength, compassion, loyalty and bravery have no gender, no color, and no age. YOU have a higher purpose and a reason for being on this earth… whatever your mission is, only YOU are uniquely qualified to do it. Alex Quade will give you the Special Forces tools to “CHARLIE MIKE” -- Continue the Mission!
6 KEY POINTS YOUR AUDIENCE WILL LEARN FROM ALEX QUADE’S PRESENTATION:
1= Get past the Gate-Keepers: How to gain people’s trust, build rapport, and get them to share their secrets!
2= Hold your own & get your voice heard: Tactical, frontline strategies to be a strong, confident woman in a man’s world!
3= Find your Battle Buddy: How to create your personal support team to cover each other’s blind spot/back!
4= Check your Moral Compass: Keeping your integrity, values, and ethics to come out of a crisis or hostile situation with your reputation intact!
5= “Charlie Mike” – Continue the Mission: How to overcome every obstacle (roadblock at work or in life) to get the job done.
6= Your personal Medal of Honor: How to do something extraordinary every, single, ordinary day.
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