Noticias Telemundo and The Story Lab have announced the premiere of a new limited-series podcast titled Fort Hood -The Vanessa Guillén Case. The seven-part series, narrated in English and Spanish by Mexican actress Cecilia Suárez, takes a probing look at the killing of the 20-year-old Army soldier and the questions it raises. Find the podcast here.
Vanessa Guillén’s case drew nationwide attention with her family, public officials, lawmakers, and celebrities demanding #JusticeForVanessaGuillén. After disappearing from the Fort Hood Army base in April 2020, Guillén’s remains were found two months later. Investigators say she was killed by a fellow soldier who later fatally shot himself as police tried to take him into custody. Guillén’s family has raised allegations she was sexually harassed before she was killed.
Criticism of the military mounted over the pace of its investigation into her disappearance, and Guillén’s story reignited widespread calls from Fort Hood to Capitol Hill for changes in the way the military handles abuse and sexual harassment.
The series explores the ripple effect of the #MeToo movement in the U.S. Army, the hardships Latino soldiers face, and what some soldiers describe as a culture of abuse permeating the barracks.
“This is a consequential story that touches on critical issues in our country. It’s a revealing exposé and a necessary investigation. Noticias Telemundo, with The Story Lab, believe this important story deserved a deeper examination and this format allows us to do just that,” said Luis Fernández, president of Telemundo Network News.
“‘Fort Hood’ is a great example of the range and scope of new journalistic storytelling. It shows that journalistic rigor and emotions are not incompatible,” said Toni Garrido, director at The Story Lab.
The podcast delves into the case revealing a deeper, more complex story about a renowned military base with a long record of unreported sexual abuse, and Guillén’s family, which refused to stay quiet as they pushed authorities for answers.
Over seven episodes, each lasting around a half-hour, the podcast also examines another central issue underlining the Guillén case: Why do half of the women in the Army’s ranks who face sexual abuse and harassment choose not to report it?
Adriana Chavez is the editor for Vacancy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org