Don Devereux is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War period, and subsequently a graduate on the GI Bill of Michigan State University. He has been a resident of the Southwest since 1962, living initially in New Mexico and after 1977 in Arizona. He variously has worked as a community and labor organizer, a consultant to foundations with interests in civil rights and social change, and a researcher, journalist, and writer.
A longterm member of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), Devereux participated in IRE’s “Arizona Project” in 1976-77 — in the aftermath of the car-bomb murder of Phoenix journalist Don Bolles — which won a number of national news media awards for public service. Individually he also received a press award from New Mexico environmentalists in 1977. Questioning the official response to the Bolles homicide, his continuing work on the case over 1979-88 for the SCOTTSDALE PROGRESS placed him among finalists for state news person of the year as nominated in 1981 by the Arizona Press Club. His investigative work for the print media also earned him two Pulitzer nominations over the years.
Articles, commentaries, reviews, and translations by Devereux have been published since the mid-1960s by CHRISTIAN CENTURY, EL PALACIO, CENTER MAGAZINE, NEW MEXICO REVIEW, RIO GRANDE WEEKLY, MONKIS POND, VOICE OF THE SOUTHWEST, NEW TIMES, SCOTTSDALE PROGRESS, RURAL AMERICA, SATURDAY MAGAZINE, IRE JOURNAL, ARIZONA RANGE NEWS, ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, EDITOR & PUBLISHER, and others. He also has been a contributor to articles in the WASHINGTON TIMES, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, and many other periodicals. Since 1989 he has published an occasional newsletter circulated to numerous news media contacts across the country.
In the early 1970s, after a prior stint in radio broadcast work, Devereux was associate producer of a documentary film on heroin addiction and treatment in the predominantly Hispanic barrio of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Called “Run Up And Down These Streets,” the film was shown several times nationally on public television. Since 1989 he frequently has returned to the electronic media, working on a decade-long assignment with NBC-TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” as a field producer for A&E-TV’s “Investigative Reports,” and as a consulting journalist with the syndicated “Save Our Streets” and “Inside Edition” as well as most recently with CBS News.
Throughout his many years in Arizona, Devereux has been a guest lecturer in journalism classes at Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University in Tempe as well as a participant in journalism symposia at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and IRE’s annual convention in Phoenix in 1986.
For several months during the spring and summer of 2000, Devereux also was conscripted by the U.S. Commerce Department to serve as a field operations supervisor for Census 2000, training and managing some nine teams of census workers covering a sizeable portion of Arizona’s Maricopa County.
Devereux presently makes his home in Petaluma, California, where as time permits he is working on a film about the 1976 Bolles homicide and increasing indications of a misdirected prosecution. He also serves as a director of the Chronognostic Research Foundation, currently involved in an archaeological dig in Newport, Rhode Island.
Contact points are office 223 Cambridge Lane, Petaluma, California 94952, phone 480-340-4399, journalism website dondevereux.com and history website chronognostic.org.