DW Bergendorf


DW Bergendorf is a career journalist and writer--who happens to love flying. I'm a former military air traffic controller and an admitted aviation junkie. For years I was a staff reporter/anchor/writer at Indianapolis' big news-talk radio station, WIBC. I was also briefly on the staffs of UPI's Indiana bureau and Indianapolis Monthly magazine.

As a free-lancer, I've written for Field & Stream, Oklahoma Today, Modern Maturity, the Associated Press, ABC Radio News, and others.

My wife Barbara and I have been married over 30 years, and live in an exurb of Indianapolis. We have six kids between us (all grown), and 13 grandchildren (on their way to being grown). The grandkids are all good looking and above average in every way.

Smashwords Interview

Why write about air traffic controllers?
As my tag line says, it's the toughest job in the world. And, it's one of the most critical. Right now, controllers at O'Hare or Atlanta-Hartsfield have the fates of hundreds of people in their hands. It's easy to "crack up." And enough do to warrant some concern.
It seems like a year ago, we kept hearing about controllers falling asleep.
That's right. Controllers work a rotating schedule that has them on nights occasionally. It's pretty easy to fall asleep. But it doesn't happen that often.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find DW Bergendorf online

Twitter: @DBergendorf
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The Tin Pusher Chronicles
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,740. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The most stressful job in the world. Some can handle it. Some can’t. YOUR life is in their hands The Tin Pusher Chronicles follows three air traffic controllers, consummate aviation professionals being devoured by the insane demands of their job. Hour after hour, day after day, they must stay one step ahead of disaster. And if they fail, it could be your airliner that takes the aluminum shower.

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