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  • Shawn Vestal: Battlefield diplomacy hits mark

    Elizabeth Trobaugh spent much of 2012 in Afghanistan as the Army officer in charge of a brand-new kind of unit: a Female Engagement Team. Trobaugh, a Spokane native who graduated …


  • Former ambassador Crocker appointed to broadcasting board

    Ryan Crocker, who grew up in Spokane and served as ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, was named to the Broadcasting Board of Governors by President Barack Obama.


  • Crocker accepts DUI plea deal

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with a hit-and-run drunken-driving crash in Spokane Valley this summer. The …


  • Ambassador takes plea bargain in Spokane Valley crash

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker pleaded guilty today to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with a drunken driving crash in Spokane Valley this summer where …


  • Ryan Crocker’s DUI hearing postponed again

    A DUI hearing for Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, was postponed today for the third time. It’s now set for Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m.


  • Convergence of factors seen in turmoil

    The violent protests in North Africa and the Middle East may be the result of a “perfect storm” of politics, religion and anti-Western sentiment in newly emerging governments, a longtime …


  • Crocker charged with DUI, fleeing scene

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has been charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of a Spokane Valley accident. The 63-year-old retired diplomat is accused of colliding …


  • Former Afghanistan ambassador charged with DUI

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has been charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, The Spokesman-Review has learned.


  • Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Afghanistan, to leave

    Ryan Crocker, the unflappable diplomat and Spokane native who became the civilian face of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over two administrations, is stepping down as ambassador to Afghanistan …


  • Crocker defends Afghan investment

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan insisted on Wednesday that the United States must continue its multibillion-dollar investment to achieve a “good enough” government in …


  • Ryan Crocker tapped as part of new National Security team

    Seeking to tame wars overseas and budget deficits at home, President Barack Obama announced a major remake of his national security team Thursday aimed at ensuring leadership continuity during a …


  • Foundation honors outstanding students

    University High School’s Ryan Linehan has been described by his school counselor as a “one in a million” student. On Wednesday night, he was one of 134 students from 23 …


  • Education Notebook: Teen honored for good works

    Zach Merkling, a Mead High School sophomore, was recently honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama. According to a press release, the award recognizes Americans of …


  • Crocker at City Forum: U.S. commitment must continue

    The United States needs to commit to involvement and assistance in Afghanistan for years to come, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told the Spokane City Forum today.


  • Wounded in war, vets receive Purple Hearts in ceremony

    Staff Sgt. Lawrence Jefferson remembers the morning last November in Herat, Afghanistan, when “the whole world just went crazy.” It was 7:30, and he was in a line of Humvees …


  • Still the right place, right time

    Hutton Settlement remains as stable as the brick cottages where its 32 children live, family-style. This weekend, Hutton, a unique home for displaced children, celebrated 90 years of resilience. Alumni, …


  • Editorial: Hometown welcomes distinguished native son

    It’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of Ryan Crocker’s transition to retirement in Spokane Valley. That’s largely because it’s all but impossible to comprehend the life Crocker has led and …


  • Back in Valley, Crocker reflects on diplomacy’s lessons

    In life, Ryan Crocker says, it is better to be lucky than good and more important to have perseverance than hope. Those lessons are among those he’s learned in a …


  • Former Iraq ambassador feels halfway to ‘normalcy’

    In life, Ryan Crocker says, it is better to be lucky than good, and more important to have perseverance than hope.


  • Quick Iraq exit risky, Crocker says

    BAGHDAD – U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Thursday warned against a hasty withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and offered a sobering assessment of the country despite what he called …

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