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Working the middle shift Mondays through Fridays, and occasionally on weekends, 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 more than a quarter-century 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 80 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. 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 is publishing "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called War Stories and Veterans Histories, which appears on The Morning Call's Blogosphere; author of an as-yet-unpublished nonfiction book, "Quiet Man Rising: A Soldier's Life and Death in Vietnam."