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Two Years Later — What Happened to Austin Tice? Missing Journalist’s Parents Speak Out

Two years ago today, Houston native and freelance journalist Austin Tice disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria. Tice grew up dreaming of becoming an international correspondent for NPR. That dream became his parents’ nightmare when Tice vanished. While many believe he was kidnapped, there has been no indication of what happened to him since […]

Two years ago today, Houston native and freelance journalist Austin Tice disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria. Tice grew up dreaming of becoming an international correspondent for NPR. That dream became his parents’ nightmare when Tice vanished.

While many believe he was kidnapped, there has been no indication of what happened to him since a video surfaced six weeks after he disappeared, seeming to suggest he was being held by Islamic militants. Some believe that video may have been faked. If he’s being held, by the Syrian regime or by its opposition, there has been no ransom, no public word of any kind.

In advance of this second anniversary of his disappearance, we talk with Debra and Marc Tice about their son, about his budding journalism career, what motivated him to want to report from a Syria that had grown increasingly dangerous for journalists, and what life has been like in the two years since he vanished.

Marc and Debra Tice’s Statement on the 2-Year Anniversary of Austin’s Disappearance (PDF)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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