By Ofelia Casillas, David Heinzmann and Rex W. Huppke
"Word that Sgt. Dan Kennings had been killed in Iraq crushed spirits in the Daily Egyptian newsroom. The stocky, buzz-cut soldier befriended by students at the university newspaper was dead, and the sergeant's little girl--a precocious, blond-haired child they'd grown to love--was now an orphan."
DE duped in hoax
"Over nearly two years, the Daily Egyptian told the story of a precocious little girl whose mother was dead and whose father was fighting in Iraq."
"It was a heart-rending story--a blonde waif, her mother dead, entrusted to the care of a family friend while her father fought with the 101st Airborne in Iraq. The youngster was intelligent, friendly and engaging, and developed close bonds with many of the newsroom staff."
Girl’s story of dad in Iraq was hoax, paper says
By Kevin McDermott
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"For two years, Carbondale residents have been riveted by the writing of a little girl imploring her father in Iraq: "Don't die, OK?""
Former Daily Egyptian editor says he was an 'idiot'
By Meta Minton
"The networks are clawing for interviews with former Daily Egyptian editor Michael Brenner."
Was student editor in on hoax?
By Meta Minton
"A lot of the media - state, local and national - have been chasing Michael Brenner, the former Daily Egyptian editor and self-proclaimed father figure to a cute little camouflage-wearing blonde girl thought to be named "Kodee.""
Mixed reaction from campus about DE hoax
by Andrea Zimmermann
"The University was bombarded with dozens of reporters and many more questions Friday morning as national and local media tried to piece together a story of an elaborate hoax about the lives of a soldier and his daughter."
SIU newspaper: when scoop turns to dupe
By Joe Parrino
"Southern Illinois University at Carbondale's student newspaper, the Daily Egyptian, dismissed two columnists for plagiarism in 2004. Now the newspaper is investigating the role that a former editor in chief might have played in the paper's bogus coverage of an Army soldier and a daughter awaiting his return."