Eclectic Career in Journalism
Life has not been dull. I’ve traveled much of the world doing what I love. I’ve met plenty of fascinating people and I owe it all to studying journalism. Education with practical experience has been a win-win situation… thanks to my first job with the Orange Coast Daily Pilot as a writer.
Here’s Some Background
After being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army I enrolled in my first communications class at Orange Coast College in Southern California and never looked back.
I went on to study at California State University at Fullerton and worked at several newspapers, but nothing clicked until landing a role as a staff editor for a publisher of enthusiast magazines.
I spent the next 25 years in publishing, where I wrote thousands of full-length stories, and photographed as many published images. Mainly, I was responsible for developing and editing magazines, some successful, others short-lived. Then things got exciting, and I co-created a cable TV show for SPIKE about the car culture I was living in, while producing another off-road motorsports program for the Outdoor Channel.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have teamed up with some talented people along the way.
Aside from traveling to Japan several times for car companies and tire testing for the manufacturers and running the famous Rubicon Trial in Jeeps, the biggest moment has got to be the day I raced the SCORE Baja 500 with champion Manny Esquerra, Ford’s winningest off-road driver and a legend in racing. Nine hours strapped in the cockpit.
I sat in the co-driver’s seat, camera by my side as Esquerra tore across the Mexican desert. Never shot one photo either, I needed both hands to hang on to the Ford Ranger in mid-flight. That’s something I will never forget.
Crossing the checkered flag in first place made the day all that sweeter.