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Bryan Painter, Randy Ellis and David McDaniel team to tell powerful stories

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm •  Published: July 12, 2011

The top of NewsOK.com this morning was a great example of what we aim to do each day.

Gail and Craig Box discus the loss of their son, OU football player Austin Box, at their home in Enid.
Gail and Craig Box discus the loss of their son, OU football player Austin Box, at their home in Enid.

Three veteran journalists (three of our best) told the story of Austin Box’s death from the parents’ perspective.

From Austin’s father:

“You ask who Austin was,” he said, “Austin was my hero…”

From his mother:

“I have wracked my brain. Did I ignore signs? I don’t know, but I do know that Austin was a silent sufferer.”

The stories from Randy Ellis and Bryan Painter came from an afternoon visiting with Craig and Gail Box in Enid. The parents wanted to tell their story.

Randy and Bryan did what reporters in our newsroom love — listen and share a story with clarity and professionalism.

And, of course, David’s photos paint the picture of grief as clearly as the words.

The three of them helped us understand what the Box family has been through.


by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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