Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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The other inauguration

Inauguration | High anticipation turns to high frustration for some during Tuesday's festivities, leading one to call it "insane but awesome"
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 1/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-An Inauguration Day that began with high expectations was interrupted with frustration for thousands of ticket holders who had descended into the nation's capital from all over America only to be prevented for hours from entering the ceremony.

With inauguration officials using a color-coded ticket system for the series of entranceways leading to the west front of the U.S. Capitol building, those with purple-colored tickets said they were given the unlucky color.

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Marathon men

Iraq | Military handovers begin next month-and Iraq's new army still has a long way to go
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 7/02/05, 12:00 am

CAMP CALDWELL, Iraq-A squad of Iraqi army soldiers searched from hut to house last month in a small village south of Balad Ruz and east of Baghdad, weaving among the palm tree groves and the yards where metal bed frames sat covered in clumps of freshly shorn wool. Nearly invisible in their midst, a solitary U.S. sergeant eyed every movement.

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Vanquished villagers

Iraq | Homeless and voiceless, Sunni Arabs now pay the price for perks and favoritism showed them under Saddam
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 6/04/05, 12:00 am

Near ABU NAJIM, Iraq - As newly elected government officials speak of a unified Iraq, the country's three dominant ethnic groups struggle to reposition themselves for power and stability in a world without Saddam Hussein. Not surprisingly, Sunni Arabs-the ethnic group most favored under Saddam's regime-have the hardest hill to climb.

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