Award Winning Journalist Michael Hastings Dead at 33


Writer Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday (June 18). He was 33.

Known as fearless and innovative journalist and author, Hastings was known for “telling stories that mattered,” according to ABC News. His most noteworthy work was a profile story for Rolling Stone on US Gen. Stanley McChrystal, “Runaway General,” published in 2010. Hastings drew back the curtain on McChrystal’s harsh criticisms of the Obama Administration and the war in Afghanistan. The article sparked a nationwide controversy, and helped end McChrystal’s career.

Hastings’ profile was a finalist for National Magazine Award, and won the 2010 George Polk Award for magazine reporting. The story also was the precursor for his book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.” A contributing editor to Rolling Stone and Politics editor for BuzzFeed, Hastings leaves behind a legacy of “intellectual honestly,” covering America’s stories war and politics, and was a true investigative journalist who “never sought objectivity” in his writing, according to the Associated Press.

“Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief.

He is survived by his wife, the writer Elise Jordan.

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