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Worthington soldier killed in Iraq

A central Ohio soldier has been killed while fighting in Iraq.

The US Defense Department says today that Army Private First Class Harrison Meyer was killed Friday in Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit was hit with small arms fire.

The 20-year-old was from the Columbus suburb of Worthington. He graduated from Thomas Worthington High School in 2003 where he was a member of the track team.

He was assigned to the Second Brigade combat team of the First Battalion-503rd Infantry Regiment.

The air assault unit is based in South Korea.

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.