Fred Dickey lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea in San Diego County, California, and is currently a special columnist and in-depth contributing writer for the UT (Union-Tribune) newspaper in San Diego.
He has served as Sunday Editor, the San Jose Mercury News; Executive Editor, The Anchorage Times; Editor, the Oakland Tribune; and as an editorial manager of the San Diego Union. He has been a published novelist, and a prolific magazine writer.
He is a former president of the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and a former President of the Alaska Press Association.
Fred is married to Kathleen Dickey (Kathy). She is a microbiologist whose name is on nine U.S. patents. Fred and Kathy share 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
He grew up in DeKalb, Illinois and graduated from Northern Illinois University (B.S.) and Norwich University (M.A.).
Fred was the founder and president of Public-Interest Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating educational video programs for at-risk youth.
He initiated the refurbishment and re-dedication of the Georgia Dickey family and slave cemetery.
Fred travels the world, and is a ceaseless California explorer. He is interested in history, especially the Civil War era, California history, and the Oregon Trail era.