Director, State House Program Associate Professor, Journalism, College of Communication
Fred Bayles has spent the past three decades in daily journalism, including 20 years as a national correspondent for the Associated Press and USA TODAY. His work has taken him to more than 40 states and 10 countries. Assignments have included the 1991 Gulf War, the 1994 Haiti incursion, the 1993 Waco cult killings, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster and the O.J. Simpson investigation and trial. Bayles also covered the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, hurricanes Andrew and Hugo, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and other natural and man-made disasters. Bayles led several award-winning investigative projects, including 50-state looks at guardianship of the elderly and the child welfare system and probes into major airline crashes, including TWA 800 and SwissAir 111. He also has an extensive portfolio in sports feature writing, including daily columns from Olympic games in Seoul, Albertville, Barcelona and Lillehammer.