Rebecca LaFlure is the Center’s first McCormick National Security Reporting Fellow. Prior to coming to the Center, Rebecca attended graduate school at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and spent a quarter working for the Medill Watchdog, an initiative that uncovers systemic problems in public institutions. A Texas native, Rebecca began her journalism career as a reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald, a newspaper outside of Fort Hood, Texas — one of the largest military bases in the world. She contributed to the paper’s award-winning coverage of the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting at Fort Hood. She went on to cover local government in the Austin, Texas area, including a year at the nonprofit investigative news site The Austin Bulldog. Rebecca has earned state and national recognition for her reporting, including a first-place award from the Texas Associated Press of Managing Editors and a second-place award from the National Newspaper Association.