Brian Bland, a Santa Monica resident since 1979, is a retired Associated Press Radio correspondent. He has covered stories from the Exxon Valdez oil spill to the O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson trials; political campaigns and conventions; the 1991 Gulf War; and major fires, floods, earthquakes and other events across the country. The University of Illinois alum and Vietnam veteran is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is married to an R.N. and has an adult stepson. Brian enjoys reading, writing, travel (especially along California's coast), day hikes and sports.
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