Author Archives: George Petras

The path from missile attack to general’s death

I researched and wrote this longform graphic showing a point-to-point path from a missile attack on U.S. forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, to the killing of an Iranian general at the Baghdad airport. We included maps to show proximity of attacks … Continue reading

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Impeachment Process: You Are Here

We were determined explain the impeachment process of President Trump so that readers could easily understand it and put together this longform graphic describing the components of the process and where we were within. We’ve been updating it throughout the … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Three Mile Island

I did the research for our longform graphic on the closing of Three Mile Island – the nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa., that came close to a meltdown. We included details on system malfunctions and showed how the accident … Continue reading

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How Trump intervened in Navy SEAL case

I put together a timeline of events surrounding President Trump’s support of U.S. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. It’s an extraordinary case of a president influencing trials of officers charged with violating military code. Though the timeline focused on Gallagher, Trump … Continue reading

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Words matter, too

I did lengthy research for USA Today’s 1619 project, which reported on the 400th year anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded African slaves in Virginia. This was published in August 2019. I took special care with two of our … Continue reading

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That’s One Way of Looking at It

I’m part of a graphics team that works on short- and long-term projects and breaking news. Accordingly, we have unique opportunities for graphic presentations. Here are a few examples from news stories. Some are simple, others more complicated. This is … Continue reading

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Apollo 11: Memories of Yesterday and Plans for Tomorrow

As you’d expect, USA Today did a good amount of coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the first time humans walked on the moon. My contributions were the research and design of a few special … Continue reading

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