To his readers, Ernie Pyle was a master of telling the story of the little guy, of describing the fears and daily strife of soldiers fighting in World War II. He was not just a passionate writer, however. An early “embedded journalist,” he worked alongside the troops, experiencing much of what they did, placing himself in danger as they did. His columns captured the scene and his reporting humanized the war for many of his readers.
At the school, Ernie Pyle is revered for his contributions to journalism, and we honor him by teaching students what Pyle mastered: that great storytelling is built on great journalism skills and an ability to explain the larger issues of the world through the eyes of the people most affected by them.
Born Dana, Ind., Aug. 3, 1900
Died Ie Shima, April 18, 1945