Captivating Stories from a Renegade Reporter

A Journalist's Journey

David Haldane has enjoyed a career in journalism spanning more than four decades, beginning as an underground reporter for the Berkeley BARB and culminating in twenty-three years as a Los Angeles Times staff writer. Currently he divides his time between homes in Joshua Tree, California, and Northern Mindanao, Philippines, where David and his Filipino wife built the dream house envisioned in his book. In addition to raising their elementary-school-age son, writing occasional magazine articles and producing a weekly newspaper column chronicling expat life in the Philippines, David won a 2018 Golden Mike award for his work as a reporter and weekend news anchor for Joshua Tree’s radio station, KCDZ Z107.7 FM.

A Passion for Purpose

David enjoys the creative process and the satisfaction of sharing stories. His goal is to reach people whose experience in some way transects his own. It is through that connection that he hopes to achieve the full potential of a life well lived as a saga well told.

Evolving as a Writer

From news articles and features, Haldane has gradually evolved toward longer forms. His earliest steps in that direction can be seen in the first-person memoir of Berkeley written more than a decade ago. Nazis and Nudists is more expansive and mature, written from the perspective of the ensuing years. David uses his writing to explore the nature of reality through the lens of his experience in the hopes that others will find something in it reflective of their own. For a deeper understanding of David's personal and social concerns, watch his interviews on KCET and LA18, both regarding subjects addressed in his writing.

About Nazis & Nudists

Like many baby boomers, David Haldane got swept into the turbulence of the late 60s and early 70s, first as a radical activist and then as a writer for the the Berkeley BARB, then the premier undergound newspaper in America. Eventually, after self-imposed exiles in Europe and Mexico, he married, started a family, and graduated to a position at the Los Angeles Times from where he chronicled many of the events that shaped an era. But Haldane always longed for something more, a "green leafy space" in which he could feel at peace. Finally, after a painful divorce, he found it in an unconventional way; with a dark-haired woman met on the Internet and wooed on the exotic islands of the Philippines.  Nazis & Nudists is a series of poignant—and sometimes humorous—essays recounting that long journey. It is a story of love lost and love found. More importantly, it is about the lifelong spiritual quest for a place to call home. Nazis & Nudists was a runner-up in the 2016 Maxy Awards and a finalist in two categories -- Nonfiction E-book and Memoirs -- of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Order it now in paperback, audio or digital formats at Black Rose Writing, Amazonor Barnes & Noble.