• January 29, 2022
(Troy R. Bennett / BDN)

The BDN’s three-part series, “Unguarded,” tells the stories of soldiers sexually assaulted and harassed within the ranks of the Maine Army National Guard while lax enforcement of policies, little oversight, and retaliation against those who complained continued for more than a decade.

The six-month investigation is built on state, federal, military, police and civilian court records documenting instances of alleged sexual assault and harassment, but also includes interviews with guard members — male and female — to create a fuller picture of how the problem persisted.

“Dianna Hunt is a careful and thoughtful editor who helped guide our reporters through a complicated and important story. Investigative Editors Corps is a great service for smaller newsrooms looking to do big work.”

– Dan MacLeod
Managing Editor | Bangor Daily News

Editor: Dianna Hunt

Dianna Hunt is a longtime investigative reporter and editor in Texas and Louisiana who directed and edited the Pulitzer Prize-finalist breaking news coverage of Hurricane Harvey while metro editor at the Houston Chronicle. She is now senior editor at Indian Country Today, a nonprofit national news organization. She has also worked for The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other publications. She served three terms on the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors and is currently on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.