I started seriously writing in 1974 when I was accepted to enroll in Mrs. Kaiser’s journalism class during my senior year at Paola High School. I wrote articles, created editorial cartoons, and did whatever else was needed. Mrs. Kaiser gave me the end-of-year “award” for the “diversity” of skills I brought to The Reporter (our school newspaper) and The Panther yearbook.
Both of these high school publications consistently won annual awards of excellence.
During my 22-year Regular Army active duty career, my writing skills continued to develop progressively and inherently through the nature of the various company organization administrative jobs and personnel leadership positions I held. I wrote everything from personnel evaluations for subordinates and staffing papers reviewed by flag officers; to concert program notes and press releases for respective public affairs office usages.
I have written – as staff writer and reporter for the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper (150+ feature articles), as a columnist for the Kansas City Jazz Ambassador Magazine, as a columnist and jazz journalist for All About Jazz (largest jazz website in the world), as a columnist for the Fort Leonard Wood Guidon newspaper while serving as a military housing community mayor, and a weekly music column in the Waynesville Daily Guide newspaper.
I also won several Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence for articles written on assignment with the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper (see “Awards” section below).
I am a writer and the editor of Jazz Artistry Now, an arts magazine (commentary, reviews, interviews, and photography) originally co-founded with Terri Anderson Burnett in 2006. We resumed publication of JAN in July 2017.
I am a professional-voting member of the Jazz Journalists Association and also do select freelance writing.
- 🥉2017 Kansas Press Association Awards – see details.
- 🥇🥈🥉 2018 Kansas Press Association Awards – see details.
- Fort Leavenworth Lamp 2017
- Fort Leavenworth Lamp 2016
- All About Jazz
- Jazz Ambassador Magazine
- Associated Press