Director of Communications
Army Medical Department Center & School
San Antonio Express-News
Sig Christenson is a senior writer covering the military for the San Antonio Express-News, with more than 2,700 stories in print during his 16 years at the paper. Christenson’s projects at the Express-News include “Witness to War,” a special section recounting the invasion and early occupation of Iraq, “The Only Retreat,” a three-part series detailing the sole U.S. defeat during the Iraq invasion, and a number of stories on soldier and family stress resulting from repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
His work includes the ongoing military sexual assault scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood and subsequent legal proceedings for the accused gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan. Christenson was embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has been to Baghdad and Afghanistan seven times since. He has previously traveled on reporting assignments to Honduras, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Italy, Germany, France and England, as well as Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar.
Prior to joining the Express-News, Christenson’s work included covering the Branch Davidian siege for the Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star Telegram and Newsday; the 1994 Pensacola abortion clinic shooting; the 2003 space shuttle breakup over Texas, and a dozen-plus hurricanes, tropical storms and floods since 1986 — the latest Rita and Katrina. He previously served as a roving reporter for the Florida Times-Union and as city editor for the Temple Daily Telegram. Awards include those for reporting from the Georgia and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, including one in 2008, the Hearst Eagle award in 2008, and the Philip True “Reporter of the Year” award given by the Express-News’ staff for his reporting during the Iraq invasion in 2003. He is a co-founder and former president of Military Reporters and Editors.
Christenson graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in journalism, literature and anthropology. He also attended Texas Tech University.