SOME OF JOHN’S COLUMNS AND ARTICLES
John’s human-interest columns combined humor, empathy and insight into the joys and foibles of life. They ran for 42 years in the Journal and Courier in Lafayette, Ind. His column is very likely the longest regular running feature of the Lafayette newspapers. A list of some his most popular columns can be found on the left side of this page.
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In-depth reporting: Haiti Series
1994 Haiti Series, 12-page special section
Investigative Journalism: Corruption
John was the lead reporter for the Journal and Courier behind an investigation that yielded more than 50 indictments.
Dibble Fired by Prosecutor
Police Here Seeking State Probe into Criminal Justice ‘Corruption’
Dibble for Grand Jury, Special Prosecution
Special Prosecutor Named, State Police to Look for Corruption
16 Indicted by Corruption Probers
Ex-Judge Wireman Indicted on Burglary, Other Counts
2nd Weatherford Brother Indicted
19 More Indicted by Special Grand Jury
Kizer Rejects Resignation; Grand Jury Asks Chief’s Dismissal
Investigative Journalism: Emergency Medical Service
John went behind-the-scenes to tell the public about problems with the Emergency Medical Service. Within weeks after the stories ran, county officials announced they would shift to a hospital-based paramedic service, which continues today.
News Feature Writing: Abortion
He developed a series of articles about abortion in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade in late January 1973.
News Feature Writing: Aids
Spot News: Reyes Syndrome
Spot News: Bishop Dies
Spot News: Airplane Crash
Spot News: Tornadoes, Montgomery County
John has written seven non-fiction books and now is working on a complete history of Purdue University. These are not PR books; rather they provide a fair and honest account, blemishes and all. His books tell the story of people, never just nuts-and-bolts history, in a way that is John’s hallmark.
You can read summaries of all of them on the books page