Frei is a general feature writer and columnist at
Tribune, a commentator for Mile High
affiliate professor at Metropolitan State
University of Denver and
the author of seven well-received
books. He also has written
for the Denver Rocky Mountain
News, the Denver
Post, the Oregonian, and The Sporting News.
On the heels of his critically acclaimed fact-based novel,
Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero, Frei
returned to non-fiction for March 1939: Before the
Madness. Frei's other non-fiction books are Playing Piano in a
Brothel; '77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age,
Third Down and a War to Go, and Horns, Hogs, and Nixon
age 17, and part of it appeared in the Wheat Ridge
High literary magazine. It was published many years
Frei and Adrian Dater also collaborated on Save By Roy.
Frei spent his early years in Eugene, Oregon, where his father,
Jerry, spent 17 years on the University of Oregon football
staff, including as the Ducks' head coach. Jerry Frei,
a decorated World War II fighter pilot, was progressive
ahead of his times on such issues as integrating
staff and allowing his players freedom to
wear their hair as
they liked and participate in campus
politics and anti-war protests.
In fact, those teams, players,
coaches and times became
the basis of The Witch's Season.
Terry is a graduate of Wheat Ridge High School in the Denver
area -- he was
half of the infamous (Dave) Logan &
Frei battery --
and has degrees in history and journalism from the University of
Colorado at Boulder. At CU, he has served as vice
chair of the History
Department advisory board and chair of the International Affairs
Frei has been named a
state's sportswriter of the year
seven times -- four times
in Colorado and three times in
Oregon. At various times in his career, he has been best
known for his NFL and/or NHL writing, but has covered
it all. In Denver, he frequently has been labeled a "hockey writer"
because of his long-time coverage
of the Colorado Avalanche
and the NHL
for The Denver Post and also simultaneously
as a featured ESPN.com
hockey columnist for eight years. He
doesn't dodge that title
but it doesn't do justice to his
background and ecletic interests
as a writer and columnist.
Sporting News, his stories included major or cover
Jerry Rice,Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith,
Michael Irvin, Richard Dent and Aeneas
Williams. He has
covered many Olympic Games, Super
Bowls, NBA Finals, NHL
Finals, World Series, Final Fours,
major bowl games and
high-profile boxing matches -- all
while continuing to
enjoy writing about events both high
profile and grassroots.
(Credentials from one of each
Because of his
extensive research, interviewing and writing
about the U.S.
effort in World War II, in both European and
Frei appears at veterans-oriented functions,
as shown below.