Former War Correspondent to Address Youngstown Press Club

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A former war correspondent who returned home and created a media outlet that covers post-industrial communities will address the Youngstown Press Club at its annual meeting and dinner April 18.

Carmen Gentile, founder of Postindustrial, an independent, Pittsburgh-based multimedia outlet, will speak at the 5:30 p.m. event in the Anne Christman Memorial Hall at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

Gentile’s topic will be “From the Battlefield to Post-industrial America: How One Reporter Roamed the World Before Returning Home to Create His Own Outlet.”

Gentile covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and various other conflicts for several outlets, including USA Today, Esquire and CBS News.

In September 2010, while embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, he was shot in the head with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Although the grenade did not detonate, it blinded him in his right eye and crushed part of his skull.

Gentile wrote a book titled “Blindsided by the Taliban,” a memoir documenting his life as a war correspondent and including a dark-humored retelling of the story of his unusual injury.

In 2018, Gentile founded Postindustrial, which covers the Rust Belt, Appalachia and other post-industrial communities around the world.

Postindustrial focuses on regions that were once heavily industrialized and efforts to reimagine them for a new era.

The cost for the event is $50, and the registration deadline is April 10. Register HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.