THOMAS JAMES BRENNAN
Founder & Journalist

Thomas J. Brennan, Founder

Thomas J. Brennan, Founder

Thomas is a father, husband, and the founder of The War Horse. While studying as a 2015 fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, he focused on magazine writing and will use these skills in The War Horse’s multimedia reporting into the lives of each of the men, women, dogs, and interpreters killed overseas since 9/11. Thomas’ passion is writing about war, trauma, and loss.

Prior to studying at Columbia University, he was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the First Battalion, Eighth Marines. He was awarded a Purple Heart and is the recipient of a 2013 Dart Center honorable mention and the 2014 American Legion Fourth Estate Award for his military reporting with The New York Times and The Daily News in Jacksonville, N.C.. Thomas is also co-writing a book, Shooting Ghosts, which will be published through Penguin Random House in 2017.
 

Awards and recognition

2017 - Ochberg Fellow, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
2016 - Top 100 Influential Veterans List, HillVets
2016 - Nonprofit Leadership Award, Take Point Fellowship The Atlantic Council
2015 - Toni Stabile Investigative Journalism Fellow, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2014 - American Legion Fourth Estate Award
2013 - Dart Award Honorable Mention, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
 


EDUCATION

2015 - MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
2014 - BACHELORS OF ARTS IN JOURNALISM, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST
2012 - ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, PARK UNIVERSITY
2003 - MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
 

Published works

The New York Times:

Unsettled at Home, Veterans Volunteer to Fight ISIS - March 11, 2015
The Curious Draw of the Battlefield - March 11, 2015
Marines Remember Falluja, 10 Years Later - November 10, 2014
Coping With Retirement - February 20, 2014
My Suicide Attempt and My Struggle To Get Help - November 5, 2013
Should Gun Restrictions Be Placed on Veterans With PTSD? - April 26, 2013
Remembering a Silent Success in Afghanistan - March 1, 2013
Women In Combat? Some Marines React - January 29, 2013
A Veteran's Plea to President Obama - January 22, 2013
Ending a Life, and a Part of Yourself, for the First Time - December 14, 2012
The Brotherhood of Combat - December 6, 2012
From Battlefield Injury Into a Functioning Disability System - November 20, 2012
Returning From War to a Checkup Full of Holes - October 9, 2012
In the Military, The Drinking Can Start on Day 1 - October 1, 2012
Going Back to War, Trading a Gun for a Pen - September 24, 2012
Writing to Calm and Compose the Injured Brain - August 24, 2012
A Year on, Marines Divided on Don't Ask, Don't Tell - August 6, 2012
Living With P.T.S.D, and Allowing Myself to Get Help - June 22, 2012
From a Marine's Side of the Lens - December 29, 2011