Marty VanDriel

Marty is a TV and film critic for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and CEO of a custom truck and trailer building company. He and his wife, Faith, reside in Lynden, Wash., near children and grandchildren.

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Louisville police get unexpected support

Sports | Basketball greats say Breonna Taylor’s death differs from other cases
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/29/20, 04:37 pm

When Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced a grand jury had approved wanton endangerment charges against one Louisville police officer in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, he expected blowback. Some protesters had demanded the arrest of three officers on murder charges.

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Netflix

Pressure to launch

Documentary | Challenger: The Final Flight examines the origin of a NASA disaster
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/24/20, 03:13 pm

The U.S. space program has been a source of pride to Americans and an inspiration to millions around the globe. But these missions into space have come with a cost—both financially and in human lives. 

The four-part Netflix documentary Challenger: The Final Flight tells the story of the space shuttle disaster of 1986. Producers use original footage of flight crew training and interviews with NASA officials, subcontractor employees, and journalists to paint a picture of an agency rushing to complete missions to justify its massive budget.

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Netflix

ICE and illegal immigrants

Television | Viewers of Immigration Nation will cringe at the way our laws are sometimes enforced
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 8/13/20, 05:18 pm

Despite what we read daily in the news, millions of people long to live and work in the United States, and each year tens of thousands cross our borders illegally with the hope to remain in this country. Immigration Nation probes how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces the laws of the land, and the results are not pretty.

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