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Remembering MJ Sharp five years after his death

MJ book cover/Marshall King

Marshall King talks with WVPE's Tony Krabill about his book, Disarmed: The Radical Life and Legacy of Michael "MJ" Sharp.

Michael "MJ" Sharp and his colleague, Zaida Catalan, were kidnapped and killed on March 12, 2017, while investigating human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of the United Nations Group of Experts.

MJ spent his teen years in northern Indiana, graduating from Bethany Christian High School in Goshen in 2001.

Marshall King, who was a reporter at the Elkhart Truth for more than twenty years, has written a book called Disarmed: The Life and Legacy of Michael "MJ" Sharp. He spoke with WVPE's Tony Krabill about MJ and the work he and Zaida were doing at the time of their deaths.

Tony has become WVPEs program director, after working as operations manager since 2014. He also produces Michiana Chronicles and works on other special programming and digital projects. He joined the station as All Things Considered host in 1997, hosted Morning Edition in 2000 and 2001, then returned to the ATC host chair from 2007 to 2016. One of his Morning Edition newscasts earned WVPE a Best Radio Newscast Award from the Associated Press in 2002. An Iowa native, Tony got his start in radio as a student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Va., and managed the radio station there for three years after graduating. He also worked in commercial and Christian radio prior to his time at WVPE. Tony lives in Goshen.
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