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University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University
The goal for this project was to create a series of multi-media journalistic audio stories detailing the work of Todd Matthews, creator of “The Doe Network,” a valuable resource in identifying human remains whose bodies have been recovered by public citizens and law enforcement. Matthews uses this group to harness the power of the internet to help solve the “nation’s silent mass disaster,” a phrase coined by the National Missing and Unidentifiable Person System. Rising in popularity and aligning with my passions, the creative portion of my thesis is a true-crime podcast. Each episode details what “The Doe Network” is and dives into cases that Matthews has worked over twenty years.