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Bryan Denson
Worked at The Oregonian/oregonlive.com
Attended University of Maryland Baltimore County
Lives in Portland, Oregon
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My cure for what some call "writer's block." A few moments with James Dickey (and there's even a video).
When I’m stuck and scared, when I cannot summon the right words, or even the distant cousins of the nearly right words, or the memories of the words I thought I heard rattling around in my head just a few moments ago (even just a few of them), I often turn to the one soul who consistently reminds me how to find my voice again. No, God, not you this time.
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Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, sends letter to my home mailbox. No bomb techs were harmed in the making of this blog post: http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/
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Russian friends and readers:

Этой Осенью выходит в России:
"Сын Шпиона" это реальная история, одного из самых высокопоставленных сотрудников ЦРУ, который когда-либо был осуждён за шпионаж в пользу иностранного государства и его сына, которого он обучил навыкам ведения разведывательной деятельности, и который так же сотрудничал с Российской разведкой "




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NPR's Snap Judgment show on The Spy's Son can now be downloaded to SoundCloud:

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The Spy's Son / Snap Judgment, "The Promise" by SnapJudgment
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A great journalism teacher let his students dine with the author James Michener in 1981. We got to ask him lots of questions. Then he turned the tables. Read about it here.
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We're learning more about the mysterious letters purportedly mailed in official U.S. Bureau of Prisons by the Unabomber. One thing's for sure, I wasn't the only journalist to receive a form letter from Theodore Kaczynski. This post has been updated.
A letter came in the mail yesterday afternoon in an envelope marked U.S. PENITENTIARY MAX. It was addressed to me from federal inmate No. 04475-046, Theodore John Kaczynski. You know, the Unabomber. Those of you following this blog will note that I received a similar letter , purportedly from Kaczynski, just last month.
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Something to tweet about: Woodpecker torments writer in home office!
A bird has turned my writing life into a sit-com. I write for a living out of a condo with wooden siding on the southwestern fringe of Portland, Oregon, a bucolic, normally quiet spot next to what might be described as a thickly wooded park. A wooded park overrun with woodpeckers, as it happens.
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Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, takes umbrage at his brother David's characterizations of him as mentally ill. Now he's going on the offensive, seeking the right journalist to tell his side of the story.
Sixteen years ago, I wrote to convicted serial killer Theodore Kaczynski seeking an interview. It wasn’t my proudest moment as a journalist, as I’ll explain below. But my interest in talking with the Unabomber was serious and heartfelt. At the time, I was working for The Oregonian newspaper. I had just co-authored a multi-part series on ecoterrorism, a subject I knew would be near and dear to Kaczynski. His anarchistic manifesto on i...
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Here's the startling backstory about how Nancy Lopez, a great producer at NPR's Snap Judgment, the hippest long-form radio show on the air, pitched the story of The Spy's Son to her bosses only to learn that one of them personally knew the villain of the piece. Read it here: http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/
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I'm over the moon! NPR's Snap Judgment has done a spectacular treatment of my book The Spy's Son: http://tinyurl.com/h6xx8xe
Bryan Denson was a court reporter for The Oregonian. One day he got a tip about an espionage case coming in. The defendant was 24-year-old Nathan Nicholson.
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James Michener, award-winning writer of historic novels, is recalled with reverence for his surprising gift to a group of college students.

http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/2016/2/4/james-micheners-gift-to-the-journeymen-i-feel-exhausted-in-the-writing
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Author and Journalist
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Investigative reporting, long-form narrative writing, going bald gracefully.
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  • The Oregonian/oregonlive.com
    Federal beat/investigations, 1995 - 2015
    In my 20 years at The Oregonian/OregonLive, I covered federal courts, prisons, regional news, the environment and -- for a glorious 10-year stretch -- a beat called The Fringe. My playground was the Pacific Northwest, where I wrote stories about folks in the deepest margins of society, including outlaw bikers, eco-terrorists, neo-Nazis, militias, nudists, UFO abductees, extreme Second Amendment activists, diamond thieves, drug runners and the corner-cutting captains of industry.
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Veteran journalist, author of The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia.
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I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, ran track and cross country at UMBC, finished 19th in the 1981 Maryland Marathon, and have made a living (since 1982) slinging words and poking into other folks' business in four states. I've been a staff writer at newspapers in Maryland (Frederick News-Post) , Pennsylvania (York Daily Record), Texas (The Houston Post), and Oregon (The Oregonian/OregonLive). I left the daily news business on the last day of December 2015 to become a full-time author and magazine writer.
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  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Visual and Performing Arts (Film-Video), 1981
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