By Richard Wilson (1920-87).
First appearance: Future Science Fiction, November 1953.
Illustration by Tom Beecham (1926-2000; HERE).
Reprints page (HERE).
Short story (11 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"Our job is to report the news, not to make it."
To cover a story a newsperson often needs to get into the middle of things out in the field, but when "the field" is one of battle, that can have very unexpected results . . . .
~ Scott Warren:
"My father told me never to trust redheads."
~ Kathy Brand:
"What do you mean? Where are we going? Where are spies dealt with?"
~ The Citizens' Army high official:
"How do you do, Mr. Warren. My name, for security reasons, will not be mentioned."
~ Captain Joro:
"Kathy, your beauty turns war into peace."
Typo: "that at " [should be a].