Well-known jazz critic & journalist
Doug Ramsey, the author of Poodie James, is a novelist, biographer, print and broadcast journalist, news executive, educator of professional journalists and blogger. After being graduated in journalism from the University of Washington, he worked at The Seattle Times. On active duty in the United States Marine Corps, with the final rank of captain, Ramsey led an infantry platoon, served in a helicopter squadron, then became the first Marine officer assigned to Armed Forces Radio, managing a station of the Far East Network in Japan. His civilian career in radio and television news began at KIMA-TV-AM in Yakima, Washington. He produced documentaries at KYW-TV, Cleveland, and anchored and reported news at KATU-TV and KOIN-TV, Portland, Oregon; WDSU-TV-AM-FM, New Orleans; and WPIX-TV, New York City. He was chief correspondent for UPI Television News, covering Watergate, the White House and the United Nations. As news director, he managed news operations at KSAT-TV, San Antonio; WDSU-TV, New Orleans; and KGO-TV, San Francisco.
As senior vice president of FACS (Foundation for American Communications), Ramsey was responsible for programs and publications designed to improve journalists' understanding of public policy issues involving the economy, science, the environment, foreign affairs, journalism ethics and law. He educated thousands of journalists in analytical approaches to coverage. He also oversaw programs to educate news sources about the news process. He is the co-editor of Journalism Ethics: Why Change? (FACS).
Ramsey has an international reputation as a jazz critic and is the author of Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond (2005, Parkside Publications) and Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of its Makers (1989, University of Arkansas Press). He was for twenty years a contributing editor of Texas Monthly and wrote a column for The Dallas Morning News. He has been a regular contributor to Jazz Times since 1975 and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Down Beat, Jazz Journal, Coda, and other publications. He is a contributor to The Oxford Companion To Jazz. Ramsey is the winner of two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for writing about music. He was a member of the board of directors of the original New Orleans jazz festival, JazzFest. He is included in Who's Who In America. Ramsey is at work on a new novel.
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– Gene Lees
"To write believable fiction about a deaf person's thoughts, actions and feelings requires extraordinary insight and sensitivity. What Ramsey has achieved in creating the character of Poodie James is remarkable."
– Les Rudy
veteran educator of the deaf
"Ramsey examines the nature and saving graces of truth and friendship when innocence is under attack by injustice, fear, guilt, suspicion and the abuse of power. The central characters, Poodie James, Engine Fred and Pete Torgerson will be your mental companions for a long while."
– J. Michael Yates
"Doug Ramsey is the John Steinbeck of apple country. Rich with sweet detail of the unique landscape of Washington State, Poodie James pulses with Steinbeck's sense of character—the hurt ones, their tormentors, and everyone in between. This novel will take your heart."
– Jack Fuller
author of The Best of Jackson Payne