My recent Washington Post articles can be found here. A collection of some of my favorite older stories, and some of my favorite characters I have met, can be found on my archive site, which includes articles from The Post, The Wall Street Journal — including a piece about highly skilled Goldfish surgeons — and The Baltimore Sun, as well as videos from The Post. My professional Facebook page is here. My personal Facebook page is here. The photograph on this page looks kind of like I am in Paris, but I am outside my office in the Post‘s Montgomery County bureau in beautiful Rockville, Maryland.
And here is a short bio …
Struggling through engineering classes at Vanderbilt University, Dan Morse decided to give sports-writing a go at the campus newspaper. It proved a better fit. In his junior year, he tried out for the football team – going on to write a year’s worth of columns chronicling his trials, tribulations and deep bruises as a slow but poor route-running wide receiver. After graduation, Dan combined his engineering degree with writing and, as if it had been well-planned, took a position at Civil Engineering magazine in New York. Who among us can forget his prescient 1989 piece on waste-water treatment disposal regulations: “Sludge in the Nineties.”
Wanting to know how other things worked – crime, politics, business – Dan sought a reporting position at more than 50 newspapers. Exactly one of them offered him a job, The Alabama Journal, an afternoon daily in Montgomery, Ala., where Morse settled in as a cops reporter. He moved on to that city’s morning paper, The Advertiser, covering state politics and becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist for stories on the Southern Poverty Law Center. From there, he moved to The Baltimore Sun, The Wall Street Journal, and, in 2005, The Washington Post.
Dan grew up with four siblings in Urbana, Ill., where his parents still live. He is married to Dana Hedgpeth, a fellow Post reporter. They have two daughters, CC and Jessie.