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.
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The Bear in a Muddy Tutu
by Cole Alpaugh
Talking birds, a traveling circus, and a bear with a soul ... welcome to Alpaugh’s magical world. A band of stranded roustabouts pitch their tents on a small island along the New Jersey shore, and their only hope is a hapless cult leader and an unemployed newspaper reporter. Will these two troubled men succeed in finding a home for this colorful group of misfits?
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