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NPR’s Wade Goodwyn Reflects On Covering The Branch Davidian Siege, 25 Years Later

Goodwyn was early in his reporting career and says the Waco siege taught him not to implicitly trust government sources.


ATF agents on the roof of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco during the raid on Feb. 28, 1993.

Today marks 25 years since the deadly ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco on Feb. 28, 1993.

Four government agents and six of the religious group’s members were killed in the initial raid, which triggered a 51-day siege that ended with a fire. That destroyed the religious group’s compound, killing 76 members.

Wade Goodwyn covered the siege for NPR. He talks with Houston Matters host about the events of the siege, its legacy, and how the story shaped him as a reporter.