Author, investigative journalist, technologies expert, and self-avowed "Stealth Chaser," Steve Douglass is considered by many an icon in the esoteric-yet-fascinating field of military monitoring.
By day, Douglass is the chief photojournalist for ABC 7 in Amarillo, Texas. His communications monitoring expertise has helped break both national and international news stories for ABC News, CBS News, CNN, the Associated Press and others.
He was one of the first to photograph the tragic re-entry of the Space Shuttle Columbia as it streaked to its doom over Texas and alerted the world’s press when a Russian submarine sank in the Atlantic due to a fire in a missile compartment.
On 9-11, Douglass monitored the frantic aero communications of that tragic day and kept the press informed of the FAA’s and the military’s desperate attempts to distinguish hijacked aircraft from those packed with innocent commuters.
As an author, Douglass' first book, The Comprehensive Guide to Military Monitoring, is considered by many the bible on the art of intercepting military communications.
He has also written many feature articles on emerging stealth technologies, aviation, astronomy, and cutting-edge technologies for Aircraft Illustrated (UK) Popular Science Magazine, and has been a behind the scenes contributor to Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine, the "must read" publication of the defense and aviation industries.
Douglass was also contributing writer for Monitoring Times and Popular Communications, magazines devoted to radio monitoring hobbyists.
Douglass' unsurpassed know-how in the field of military monitoring made him the subject of a Wired magazine article in addition to taped segments on NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, CBS News, and filmmaker Michael Moore's acclaimed TV Nation.
He has also appeared in ten "black project" related TV shows that have aired on the Discovery and Learning Channels. Most recently Douglass appeared in “Weird or What” as an expert debunking the Stephenville UFO sightings.
In 1998 "Dreamland", author Philip Patton's exposé on Area 51 was released with an entire chapter devoted to Douglass. Douglass also helped Patton fact-check Dreamland.
Prior to his current incarnation, Douglass was a photographer for the Amarillo News-Globe newspapers. His innovative photographic illustrations were honored by The National Press Photographers Association's 1988 Pictures of the Year Competition, considered by many to be the "Oscars" of photojournalism. After leaving the Amarillo Globe News, Douglass became a freelance photographer and journalist and ran his own news-gathering and research company "The Reporter's Edge."
He is also a professional photographer,web designer, videographer, editor and graphic artist.
In his spare time, Douglass is an avid tornado chaser and storm spotter volunteering for the National Weather Service. Recently Steve was engaged as a location scout and researcher for Florentine Films (Ken Burns) on “The Dust Bowl that aired on PBS in 2012. In 2013 he became a full-time photojournalist for KVII TV.
Currently Steve is working on a sequel to, “The Interceptors Club and the Secret of the Black Manta" and you can read his intelligence blog Black Horizon at this link: http://deepbluehorizon.blogspot.com
The Interceptors Club and the Secret of the Black Manta
by Steve Douglass
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Think "Sneakers" meets "The Hardy Boys", Static and his rag-tag gang of teen techies are tricked into hacking into and stealing the prototype of an unmanned stealth warplane.
It can soar to Mach 6, fly rings around any jet fighter and is in the hands of a spy who wants to sell it to North Korea. It is the Interceptors Club mission to get "The Black Manta" back.