2013 Tillman Scholar

Ethan Rocke

Marine Corps
University of Oregon
M.S., Multimedia Journalism

Ethan is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning filmmaker and photographer in Portland, Oregon.  

After serving as an infantryman with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division from 1998 to 2001, he enlisted in the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent. From 2001 to 2011, he served as a writer, photojournalist and editor for newspapers, magazines and the Web. From 2005 to 2008, Ethan served with the III Marine Expeditionary Force, producing, assigning and editing news coverage in Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Ethan’s career as a “storyteller of Marines” culminated with his final three-year assignment as Public Affairs Chief at the Marine Corps Motion Picture and Television Liaison Office in Los Angeles, where he served as a consultant on dozens of television shows and documentaries and several feature films from 2008 to 2011. 

After being honorably discharged from the Marines in October 2011, Ethan completed a B.S. in Photojournalism from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. His work has been published in the New York Times online, USA Today, Business Insider, American Legion Magazine, Upworthy and many others. He is a contributing writer for Maxim Magazine and co-author of The Last Punisher: A SEAL Team THREE Sniper’s True Account of the Battle of Ramadi. 

As the owner and lead storyteller of Ethan Rocke Media, Ethan is driven by the philosophy that stories teach us how to live and that his life’s purpose is to harness the power of story to further illuminate the human condition.