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Cole Alpaugh


Cole Alpaugh

Cole Alpaugh is a former award-winning journalist, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He spent decades traveling the world in order shed light on the victims of war through news stories and photographs. Now he spends the majority of his time making things up, and urging his attacking midfielder to make better passes to his striker on the soccer field. He no longer reads newspapers, other than the occasional sports section while waiting for an oil change.

Cole Alpaugh's newspaper career began in the early 80s, starting with small daily papers in Maryland and Massachusetts, where his stories won national awards. His most recent job was at a large daily in Central New Jersey, where his "true life" essays included award-winning pieces on a traveling rodeo and an in-depth story on an emergency room doctor that was nominated by Gannett News Service for a 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Cole also did work for two Manhattan-based news agencies, covering conflicts in Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Thailand and Cambodia. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines, as well as most newspapers in America. Cole is currently a freelance photographer and writer living in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he also coaches his daughter's soccer team.

Cole Alpaugh

Books by Cole Alpaugh

by Cole Alpaugh - Fiction, Literary Fiction

The island of East Pukapuka lies in the path of a tsunami that threatens to kill all of the inhabitants. A girl named Butter is rescued from the tsunami by a Loggerhead seat turtle, who carries her away on his back. When the two are about to sink into the ocean, Butter is plucked out of the sea by Jesus Dobby, the boozy owner of a salvage boat who believes he has found a "turtle-girl" hybrid.