Incident to Service magazine article wins 2023 MRE journalism contest

Maximillian Potter recognized as James Crawley Award winner by Military Reporters & Editors

Maximillian Potter’s story, “Incident to Service” in Vanity Fair provided a chilling, damning look at the Feres doctrine, which prevents service members from suing the military for medical malpractice if they were seriously injured or killed due to medical mistakes, even if the injuries were unrelated to their duties.

— From the judges

Award Summary

The James Crawley Award recognizes excellence for coverage of the military in print journalism and is given in remembrance of Jim Crawley, one of the founding members of MRE. Crawley was the chief military reporter at the San Diego Union-Tribune. He later covered national security and veterans affairs for Media General News Service. A $100 prize is provided.

Maximillian Potter Biography

Maximillian Potter

Maximillian Potter is a best-selling author and a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair. He has been a staff writer and/or editor at Philadelphia Magazine, Premiere, Details, GQ and Esquire; and he has contributed to Outside and The Atlantic, among other publications.

Potter is a graduate of Allegheny College, with a BA in English/Creative Writing, and Northwestern University, where he got his MS in Journalism. He was a fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center’s Multimedia Program at UC Berkeley. Potter has been an adjunct faculty member in the Journalism Department at the University of Colorado, where he taught feature writing to undergrad and graduate students.

A native of Philadelphia, Potter lives in Los Angeles. He is represented by David Larabell at CAA.

Read the winning subsmission

December 2022 / January 2023 Issue | Vanity Fair

Incident to Service