Ruralite is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its team of talented editors, Ethan Rocke. Ethan joins Ruralite Services, Inc. as an Assistant Editor with a diverse background in multimedia journalism. He brings skills we’ll gladly tap to meet the evolving needs of those we’re privileged to serve.
Ethan is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. After serving as a U.S. Army infantryman for three years, he later joined the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent. For 10 years he served as a “storyteller of Marines,” working as a writer, photojournalist, editor, and film consultant. He is also co-author of The Last Punisher: A SEAL Team THREE Sniper’s True Account of the Battle of Ramadi.
Honorably discharged from the Marines in 2011, Ethan earned a B.S. in Photojournalism from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon.
For Ethan it was simple: the chance to tell stories and serve others.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about storytelling and its power to connect people and inspire us to imagine and achieve great things,” says Ethan. “Author Jonathan Gottschall says story ‘is perhaps the main cohering force in human life.’ I think he’s right, and so I take very seriously my commitment to the people and communities I serve as a storyteller.”
As part of his new mission at Ruralite, Ethan, in the days ahead, will offer utilities we serve his editing expertise, multimedia storytelling, and social-media support. He’ll help guide our Social Media Support Program and be part of Ruralite’s team effort to enrich the ways we communicate, story tell, and share information on behalf of utilities.
Ethan and his wife, Sabrina, are both proud veterans and native Californians. They have two “amazing” daughters, Samantha, 12, and Miki, 10. The Rockes, in Ethan’s words, love family, friends, movies, books, fitness, the outdoors, and many other awesome things.
Please be sure to give Ethan a warm welcome.