Dale Van Atta

Dale Van Atta (born 1951) is a speaker, novelist, and journalist. He was a personal friend of and co-author with fellow journalist Jack Anderson and borrowed money to help him when he was in financial trouble.[1] In 2008 his book With Honor was released about Melvin Robert Laird, Richard Nixon's Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973.

Dale Van Atta
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Born1951 (age 69–70)
Pensacola, Florida
OccupationAuthor, journalist


Before joining Jack Anderson in 1979, Van Atta was an investigative reporter for Deseret News.[2] He is also a contributor to many international and national magazines and newspapers.[3] Van Atta worked with Jack Anderson for seven years writing a column in more than 800 newspapers.[4]

Honors and awardsEdit

Van Atta has been nominated five times for the Pulitzer Prize. Three of the nominations came from his work at Deseret News from 1973–1979.[2]


  • Van Atta, Dale; Anderson, Jackson Northman (1991). Stormin' Norman: An American Hero. Kensington Publishing Corporation. ISBN 978-0-8217-3562-6.
  • Van Atta, Dale (1998). "Carbombs & Cameras – The Need for Responsible Media Coverage of Terrorism". Harvard International Review. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard International Relations Council. 20 (4). ISBN 978-0-89526-485-5. ISSN 0739-1854.
  • Van Atta, Dale (1998). Trust Betrayed: Inside the AARP. Regnery Publishing Inc. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-89526-485-5.
  • Van Atta, Dale (2008). With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0-299-22680-0.


  1. ^ Kurtz, Howard Alan (October 15, 1991). "Jack Anderson Column in Jeopardy; Money Woes Threaten Capital Fixture". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b Hollstein, Milton (December 30, 1991). "Co-Columnist Gets Off The 'Merry Go-Round'". Deseret News. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "WSC Talk Thursday by Dale Van Atta, A D.C. Columnist". Deseret News. May 24, 1988. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Meyer, Delbert H. (December 1998). "Trust Betrayed — Inside the AARP by Dale Van Atta". Medical Sentinel. Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. 3 (6): 228. Retrieved October 12, 2013 – via Hacienda Publishing.

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