Worked in journalism, including on the Internet, for nearly 40 years. Started as a news editor at the Colorado Daily at the University of Colorado, joined a small Montana newspaper, the Helena Independent-Record, and then United Press International.
AP hired me away in 1973 after a couple of years with UPI and I worked with them until 2008. Assignments have included being the leading AP reporter on the Columbine Massacre, bureau chief in Alaska during the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, and covering coups, wars and other events overseas for 14 years.
I was top editor on the AP news desk in New York during the last years of the Vietnam War before going to Alaska. From Anchorage I went to Johannesburg to cover apartheid. I spent 14 years in Africa, throughout the continent, and covered the assassination and cremation of Indira Gandhi.
Once back in Colorado I covered the Army and Air Force, Columbine, skiing, arts and the environment. Worked on both sides of the Continental Divide, Denver and Grand Junction.
My main interests are history and arts, especially classical music, theater and opera.
Graduated from William Jewell College with a B.A. in history.
In addition to my travels as a writer I was a military brat and moved around with my father and mother.
My wife and I have teen-age twins, who keep us up-to-date on new trends.
I follow events around the world and have a huge collection of bookmarks that include many overseas sites.