John’s human-interest columns combined humor, empathy and insight into joys and foibles of life. They ran for 42 years in Journal and Courier in Lafayette, Ind. His column is very likely the longest regular running feature of Lafayette newspapers. A list for some his most popular columns can found on left side this page.

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In-depth reporting: Haiti Series

1994 Haiti Series, 12-page special section

Pages 1-4
Pages 5-8
Pages 9-12

1995 Haiti Series, seven day series:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Investigative Journalism: Corruption

John was lead reporter for Journal and Courier behind 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 are would shift to hospital-based paramedic service, which continues today.

Ambulance Standards Being Set
Care at the Scene Takes Priority
Paramedic: Doctor’s Eyes
Lack of Coordination Mars Efforts
Training at Center of Controversy
Better Ambulance Service Eyed

News Feature Writing: Abortion

He developed series of articles about abortion in anticipation of Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade in late January 1973.

Jenny Didn’t Want Pill’s Error

Nervous and Scared, Jenny Flies to N.Y.

Jenny: ‘I Have Right to Decide on Abortion’

Jenny Looks the Future With Optimism

2nd Time, Alice Chooses to Keep Baby

Only Once Did Parents Reject Daughter

News Feature Writing: Aids

Victim Blames Transfusion for AIDS
Night of Aids: Waiting for Sunrise
Aids Victim Worries Over Missing Class
Hoping for Miracle: AIDS Victim Tries Not to Think About Illness

Spot News: Reyes Syndrome

Local Girl Gets Reyes Syndrome: Suddenly, Irene Faces Death

Spot News: Bishop Dies


Spot News: Airplane Crash

Dealing with tragedy

Spot News: Tornadoes, Montgomery County

Montgomery Tornado Rips Apart 3 Lives


John has written seven non-fiction books, and now is working on complete history of Purdue University. These are not PR books; rather the provide fair and honest account, blemishes and all. His books tell their story of people, never just nuts-and-bolts history, in way is John’s hallmark.

You can read summaries the books page.

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