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Working the middle shift Mondays through Fridays, and occasionally on Saturdays, Morning Call content editor David Venditta works with reporters and edits news, business, sports and feature stories for print and online. When there is breaking news at night, he assigns reporters and photographers.
In 30 years with The Morning Call, David Venditta has been a copy editor, wire editor, edition editor, assistant metro editor and content editor. Since 1999, he has interviewed about 100 war veterans for his series, "War Stories: In Their Own Words." The stories, from the World War I era to the Iraq War, have a permanent home in the Library of Congress and (if applicable) the National World War II Museum, as well as The Morning Call's website. The newspaper published a collection of his interviews in a 2011 book titled "War Stories in Their Own Words." The next year, the book earned him the Allentown Arts Ovation award for literary excellence. In 2014 he received a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association second-place Keystone Award for headline writing for "Strip club dancers land in lap of the law" and other headlines. His 10-part series on a World War II prisoner-of-war's struggle to survive won a Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors second-place award for enterprise reporting in 2005. In 2003, he was project editor and one of four Morning Call writers on a 90,000-word narrative history of Bethlehem Steel Corp., "Forging America: The Story of Bethlehem Steel," winner of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Keystone Award for special projects. The Morning Call published "Forging America" as a book in the fall of 2010.
Interviewing war veterans; writing a blog about veterans and the military called War Stories and Veterans Histories; author of an as-yet-unpublished nonfiction book about his cousin who was killed in the Vietnam War.