Terry Frei writes for the Greeley Tribune and Mile High Sports.
On 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.
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 consulting work
in the film industry, and
taken voluminous mental notes.
He spent his early years in Eugene, Oregon before moving
area as a high school junior. He has degrees in history and
journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He worked
at the Rocky Mountain News while in college and joined The Denver
Post after graduation.
Between two stints at the
Post, he was sports columnist at the
Oregonian in Portland and then a pro and college
for The Sporting News.
The highlights of his work for the St. Louis-based
major stories, most of them cover pieces, on eventual Hall of Famers
Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Thurman
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
Final Fours, major bowl games, Olympic Games, and major
Frei is a frequent speaker at schools and events, including at
He has delivered the John Paul
Hammerschmidt Lecture in honor of the World War II pilot
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, including
Lt. 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
Resident Academic Program/International
Affairs Advisory Board.