Tommy: My Journey of a Lifetime
Written with Tommy G. Thompson. The autobiography of four-term Wisconsin governor and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson. Filled with never before told stories, the book captures Thompson’s incredible journey from small-town grocer’s son to globetrotting statesman.
Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team
The rise and fall of varsity boxing at the University of Wisconsin. Twice optioned for a film, the book was runner-up for the Derleth Award for the best nonfiction book of the year by a Wisconsin author, and received honorable mention on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the best college sports books of all time.
‘The inimitable chronicler of Madison.’
DAVID MARANISS, Pultizer Prize-winning bestselling author.
With storytelling skills honed across 40 years in Wisconsin journalism, Doug’s insightful magazine profiles and book-length biographies have made him the go-to journalist for magazine editors and book publishers.
In addition, he writes corporate and foundation histories and is a frequent collaborator with individuals, including former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson, who want their stories written in a compelling style that will engage readers.
Doug is much in demand as a keynote speaker, drawing on a vast array of behind the scenes stories from his life in journalism -- tales that include a rare, lengthy interview with Lana Peters, daughter of Joseph Stalin; standing at the shoulder of a celebrated surgeon as he transplanted a liver; sharing volatile living quarters with football star Lyle Alzado; going backstage with Chris Farley at Saturday Night Live; interviewing the U.S. intelligence officer who discovered Adolf Hitler’s will at the bottom of a dry well outside Munich; and many more.
In recent years Doug has served as a moderator or interviewer at numerous book launch events and panel discussions, including a June 2018 panel at the Madison Reunion in which he interviewed the distinguished travel journalists Tim Cahill and Peter Greenberg.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2017 Gold Award (first place) in the Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition for his weekly Madison Magazine blog.
Finalist in the national 2017 City and Regional Magazine Awards best profile competition for his Madison Magazine article, “The Real Mike Koval.”
Two-time winner of the Golden Gavel Award for outstanding journalism presented by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Recognized more than a dozen times as best writer or columnist in Madison in readers’ polls conducted by Madison Magazine and the Wisconsin State Journal.
His book “The World of Mike Royko” was named a “Choice Selection of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune.
His book “Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team” was runner-up for the August Derleth Award recognizing the best nonfiction book of the year by a Wisconsin author, and received honorable mention in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ranking of the best collegiate sports books of all time. It has also been optioned several times for a possible documentary or feature film.