I have worked in daily newspaper journalism as a reporter and editor for 40 years. I want to continue using my extensive writing and editing skills in the public or private sector to inform, educate and entertain. I would bring creativity, speed, accuracy and teamwork to any job.
March 2007 to April 2011
I was the primary general assignment reporter for the breaking news team that covers police, fire, natural disasters and daily breaking news. I also covered a number of suburban communities to include government news, schools and people features.
I was a member of a four-person news team that covered the 2009 killings of four police officers in Lakewood, a suburban city next to Tacoma. Our coverage - both online and in the newspaper - won the annual President's Award from McClatchy Newspapers.
In 2008, another reporter and I teamed up to look at train-pedestrian fatalities in our area over the past 30 years. It won the top news story award from the Washington Press Association.
I also earned a top award this year from the Washington Press Association for my story on a mother in detention battling to stay in the U.S.
April 1986 to March 2007
I began work as a copy editor and was promoted six months later to City Editor. I managed a staff of 10 reporters and directed coverage of local news, including for 20 years the search for the Green River Killer, a serial killed who killed 49 women primarily in King County. I later was a principal author on a book about the killer, Gary Ridgway.
I was named the local columnist and served in that position for three years until the position was axed..
As a news reporter I covered a number of suburban cities, the state Legislature, the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation and its rise from poverty, forest fires and flooding.
Assistant City Editor
May 1983 to April 1984
I served as night city editor and supervised a half-dozen reporters. My primary job was to prepare the copy for the next day's edition and monitor police and community news.
Assistant City Editor
June 1981 to May 1983
I began work as a copy editor and then was promoted to assistant city editor when the two newspapers in town merged. I was in charge of pre-aring the daily local news budget, editing local copy and assigned stories to staff as needed.
January 1980 to June 1981
November 1976 to September 1979
July 1973 to November 1976
February 1971 to July 1972
BA in Journalism
January 1963 to January 1968
Service Country: United States
Branch: U.S. Army
September 1968 to July 1970
I served as a press officer for Third U.S. Army headquarters at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia.
I served as a public information officer and an administrative officer for the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in South Vietnam.
Two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals