What happened to Bob Ewegen

In recent years, journalists have had an unfortunate tendency to be on our kitchen tables one day and to vanish the next. Ignoring the impact this has on the journalists themselves, it’s disorienting to those of us who follow the news and the writing of specific working stiffs who produce it.

So I’d thought I’d add an occasional “What happened to them?” post on this blog for anyone who cares about where the disappeared journos have landed.

One such journalist who vanished abruptly after 36 years at The Denver Post is Bob Ewegen. He left without explanation in November of 2008. ColoradoPols readers may have noticed his reappearance on Pols (as “voyageur”) in January.

Here’s what he has to say (via an email) about the state of Colorado journalism and his current situation:

On the one hand, my one-year noncompete clause has now expired.  But the non-disclosure parts of my separation package are probably still in place.  In any event, I want to stay away from the posture of “everything was great on my watch but it all went to hell when I left.”

Charles de Gaulle liked to say “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”

On the health front, I’m definitely better.  My blood sugar is down due primarily to less stress and more exercise.  I am continuing my paralegal classes at Community College of Denver, where I currently have a 4.0 average, and am on track to certify as a paralegal in May, just a few weeks before my 65th birthday.

When not attending classes, I work part-time at The Law Office of Misty Ewegen as Director of Research and Communication. My work there has focused primarily on writing, legal research and editing.  Our practice is picking up and the flexible hours can accommodate outside activities.

In Colorado, anyone can call himself a paralegal but you can’t call yourself a certified paralegal unless you’ve been certified.  I find the classes stimulating and figured why not get the certificate?  Of course, I also have my B.S. in Journalism and my M.S. in Labor Relations.  Given the parlous state of both the news business and trade unions, that proves my mastery of lost causes. Perhaps I can now pursue a Ph. D. in Building the Titanic.

Seriously, I still entertain thoughts of attending law school in 2011.  Meanwhile, I serve pro bono on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute and am also Journalist in Residence at CJI. We work to preserve fair and impartial courts in Colorado and promote excellence in our legal system, avoiding the kind of horrors that the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Caperton case revealed.  John Grisham’s novel “The Appeal” is admittedly modeled after that case.

The reason I am not even thinking about law school until 2011 is that 2010 is an election year.  I remain passionately committed to the goal of restoring the state budget to solvency and have told state Treasury Cary Kennedy I’d like to do what I can for her campaign on a volunteer basis.

Now that I am no longer a journalist, I am free to do such radical things as going to a caucus (effectively banned at The Denver Post). It is possible the election may lead to other opportunities.  


27 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Middle of the Road says:

    For those of us that have been around here awhile, we have been interacting with Voyageur for years and we are very aware that he is here. But thank you for reiterating the obvious, I guess.

    He didn’t just suddenly appear in January. He blogged here for years and took one year off, as you note above, to honor the terms of his separation contract. He hasn’t made an attempt to hide that he is Bob so why are you asking what happened to him since he’s clearly here?

    Maybe I’m missing your point but I honestly don’t get what it is you feel you need to know, especially enough to write a diary about it.

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      I think Jason’s question is rhetorical. He’s just summing it up, not everyone reads everything on here and connects all the dots.

    • redstateblues says:

      I’ve been gathering the facts surrounding Bob’s departure from the Post for a while now, but it’s nice to see it in one place.

      Plus not all of Pols readers are FP’ers or former FP’ers who are horribly addicted. Some people might be wondering “Bob Ewegen used to post here all the time? What the hell happened?”

      But you’re right that Bob posted here for years before his sudden departure from the Post in 2008.

  2. redstateblues says:

    He traded his beard for a bad ass handlebar mustache.

    Thanks for posting this Jason. This and your last diary were terrific.

  3. Jason Salzman says:

    Sorry for the confusion. My headline was rhetorical.

  4. BICora says:

    I used to get the Post on my driveway everyday. (and the WSJ 6days , FT 5days and once a week the NYT)

    When they started to pile up unread, I started cuttting them off. DenPo was last- but ultimately it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t get from other sources, including it’s crappier online version.

    I’ve been thinking about this site- and wonder who you all are.  I knew who voyageur is early but I appreciate the profile.

    Do some more- obviously only those who are public.

  5. peacemonger says:

    we ID someone as their POLS user name only, and let them determine when to use another identity. Isn’t that bloggers’ etiquette?

  6. Sharon Hanson says:

    There is certainly a need for it and it’s a niche market. Big media is doing a lousy job of transitioning to online media and it’s a opportunity that won’t last for long. The start up costs would be minimal and could work out well if it’s successful. I heard something about former Rocky Mountain News employees starting a company. What happened to them?  

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