I’m Mike Madigan. Welcome to my web site.
I have been a writer almost as long as I have been a reader.
My career as a professional journalist spanned 36 years, most of it at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
My first writing job was as sports editor (of a one-member sports staff) of the Fairfield Daily Republic in northern California. I worked 30 years as a sportswriter and editor at the Rocky. My favorite assignment ever was covering the Olympics – four of them (Lake Placid, Los Angeles, Sarajevo and Calgary). During this time I also wrote freelance articles for such magazines as Inside Sports, Rocky Mountain Magazine, SKI and US.
When I became sports editor of the Rocky in 1986, I thought I had attained my “dream job.” I advanced in a series of editorial management positions. Eventually, I became General Manager of the Daily Camera in Boulder, where I worked four years before returning to Denver’s leading daily.
RECENTLY, I RETIRED from the Rocky. But as with reading, I doubt one ever really retires from writing. I began writing a 150-part series for the paper – the longest in its history – leading up to the Rocky’s 150th anniversary in 2009. The series continues in the paper daily through April 23.
I’ve completed my first novel, an adventure/thriller set in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, titled Double Dare. I write short stories, and I’m researching and plotting my next novel. I am a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and participate in a critique group.
Double Dare was inspired by my lifelong love for the outdoors and the American West. My playgrounds have mostly been snow-decked ski slopes, summer trails of pine needles or red sandstone, frothing rivers or anywhere you can hear water follow its seasonal course.
“HOME” AT DIFFERENT times is either Arvada, Colorado, wedged between Denver and the foothills of the Rockies, or Fraser, Colorado, 60 miles deep in the mountains. My constant companion is my wife, Julie. On the best days, you will find us on a sun-baked trail, herded along by two Australian Shepherd shadows.
From April through September, I work many nights and weekends at my unofficial summer job – managing the Colorado Rockies from Section 133.
I invite you to write and tell me what you think of my written work and the web site.