DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Being A Reporter

The other day, Dorette and I watched a television interview with the journalist Seymour M. Hersh, broadcast in connection with the release of his new book “Reporter.”

It’s getting great reviews. So Wednesday, I hustled over to the nearest Barnes and Noble. The book had just arrived and was already sold out in the store. But a clerk was kind enough to retrieve one from the warehouse. It now sits on my nightstand.

I can’t wait to dig into it.

Way back when I thought I would become a reporter myself. Some of my favorite memories are of working summers at the Harvey (N.D.) Herald and Friday and Saturday nights at the Grand Forks Herald (my task there was to telephone small town high school coaches for their basketball scores).

I majored in journalism at the University of North Dakota and later earned a master’s degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, always assuming I would work on newspapers.

But fate decreed otherwise. Instead I became an instructor at UND and St. Cloud State University.

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Dave Vorland

David Vorland spent most of his career at the University of North Dakota. As a UND student, he reported part time at the Grand Forks Herald and summers at the Harvey (N.D.) Herald-Press. After teaching journalism full time for five years at UND and St. Cloud (Minn.) State, he returned to UND as director of public relations. Dave took early retirement in 2005 after serving more than three decades. Although still often seen in Grand Forks, Dave lives in Bloomington, Minn., with his partner, Dorette Kerian. Travel and photography are now his principal interests.

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