Terry Frei writes for the
Greeley Tribune and Mile High Sports.
the heels of the critically acclaimed fact-based novel,
Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero,
Frei returned to non-fiction for his seventh
book, March 1939: Before the Madness.
Frei's earlier non-fiction books are Playing Piano in a Brothel (2010),
'77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age (2008),
Third Down and a War to Go (2007), and Horns, Hogs, and
Nixon Coming (2002).
The Witch's Season (2009), based on what he saw and
experienced while growing up as the son of a major college
football coach on a cauldron of a campus in a tumultuous
time, was his first novel.
Frei also has written three screenplays, done
in the film industry, and taken voluminous mental notes.
He spent his early years in Eugene, Oregon before moving to the
Denver area as a high school junior. He has degrees in history and
journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He worked
the Rocky Mountain News while in college and joined The Denver
Post after graduation.
two stints at the Post, he was sports columnist at the
Oregonian in Portland and then a pro and college football
for The Sporting News.
The highlights of his work
for the St. Louis-based magazine were
major stories, most of them cover pieces, on eventual Hall of Famers
Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Thurman
Thomas, Michael Irvin, and Larry Allen.
Frei also was an ESPN.com hockey columnist
on a freelance basis for
eight years. He has won numerous journalism awards and has been
named a state's sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media
Association seven times. He has extensive
experience in radio hosting
and television guest appearances. On
the newspaper front, he has covered
the NBA, NHL, MLB
and NFL as a beatwriter and/or columnist; and has
attended many World
Series, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup
Finals, Final Fours, major bowl games, Olympic Games, and major
Frei is a frequent speaker at schools and events, including at
veterans-oriented functions. He has delivered
the John Paul
Hammerschmidt Lecture in honor of the World War II pilot
and longtime Congressman; spoken at the Wisconsin Veterans
Museum, the Wisconsin State Historical Society,
and Lambeau Field;
and was a keynote speaker at the World War II Glider Conference
in 2010, when he appeared with many surviving heroes,
Col. Jim Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of
the 82nd Airborne. At CU, he has served
as vice chairman of the
History Department Advisory Board and chair of the Global Studies
Program/International Affairs Advisory Board.