|Dan Casey teaching at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference.|
Dan is one of a dying breed of cranky old men columnists in the mold of Mike Royko, Studs Turkel, Pete Hamill and the like. He is a solid reporter, good writer and natural storyteller. In fact when you're in Dan's company it's hard to get in a word between his stories. He's not afraid to tackle sacred cows, stupid ideas or powerful people and he's also not scared of caring about things that deserve care.
I'm not much of one to spend a lot of time slobbering about awards--especially journalism awards, which have been thoroughly polluted over the years--but Dan deserves the recognition, regardless of the form. I'll also mention that he's a good guy, an especially valuable trait for a columnist.