RICHMOND, Va. - James Walter Crawley II was a journalist who climbed ropes, crawled on his belly, lifted weights, marched for miles, learned to use a gas mask and came under gunfire for the privilege of filing his military stories.
Crawley grew up in Oklahoma City and moved to Dallas his junior year in high school, where he joined the newspaper staff. He was in a pre-medical program at Texas A&M University, on the way to becoming an emergency room doctor, when he discovered a medical-school executive was taking kickbacks from a supplier, his wife (Melba Crawley) said.
Deciding to write a newspaper story about it, he went to the executive for comment, she said. "The man looked over his glasses and said, 'You're a second-year pre-med student and I can keep you from being able to get into a good medical school.'
"The next day, Jim changed his major to journalism and printed the story," his wife said.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Some excerpts from the story on Mr. Crawley from his former news service, Media General: