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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gregory LeFever is a contributing editor to Early American Life. A seasoned journalist, LeFever spent a decade writing for daily newspapers--winning many awards along the way--before taking on the challenge of techical writing. His wide ranging experience has taught him to couple old-fashioned story-telling with the most detailed research. He tracks down the tiniest details and builds them into intriguing and compelling stories that have entertained the readers of Early American Life for years.
His career began at the Marshall Evening Chronicle in Marshall, Michigan, where he took a a summer job as a reporter and then stayed for two years to become, at age 21, the youngest editor of a daily newspaper in Michigan. From there he advanced to the Enquirer & News in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he won both top state Associated Press and United Press International awards (one of them for a series on a reclusive Old Order Amish community in southern Michigan) and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (for exposing how city government had colluded with Battle Creek’s cereal industry to illegally pass millions of dollars in inflated sewage-treatment costs onto unsuspecting residents.) He then progress to the Rutland Herald in Vermont, a newspaper founded in 1792 and one of New England’s most influential new outlets, where he served as an investigative reporter, then city editor, and finally assistant managing editor.
LeFever took a new challenge as a technical writer in 1978, joining the then start-up company Alpine Datasystems as director of technical writing, eventually becoming the company's director of communications, having writen some twenty software user manuals along the way. LeFever then joined Tektronix as advertising manager for its visual systems group and later became corporate communications manager. Then for three years, he worked at Wordsmith Communications, a marketing-communications agency, first as general manager then as president.
In 2002, LeFever opted for more personal autonomy and became a freeland writer and editor. He writes in-depth white papers, magazine articles, corporate reports, press releases, process-implementation materials, as well as some shorter brochure and advertising work. He wrote his first story for Early American Life in 2004 and was soon appointed as contributing editor. LeFever's articles have also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek magazine, and the New York Times.
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