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Trudy Hall '62 with Charles W. Guswelle '51, January 2010
Gusewelle Biography Notes
C. W. Gusewelle
was graduated in 1955 from Westminster College and joined The Kansas
City Star that year as a general assignment reporter. He became an
editorial writer on foreign affairs topics in 1966 and foreign editor in
Gusewelle left the foreign editorship in 1979 to become associate editor
and columnist. He was named daily columnist of the year in 1984, 1985
and 1987 by the Missouri Press Association.
He has traveled extensively on assignment for The Star in Latin America,
Africa, the Middle East, West Europe, East Europe and the former Soviet
Union. In 1984, 1985 and 1986, he wrote his three-times-weekly column
from France and from Dakar, Senegal.
Besides his newspaper reporting and commentary, his articles and short
fiction have appeared in Harper’s, American Heritage, The Paris Review
and many other magazines and journals. He was awarded The Paris
Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction in 1977.
Military service: 1956-1958, 1st Lieutenant Infantry, 82nd Airborne
In 1978, his short story, “Horst Wessel,” was selected for inclusion in
the Pushcart Prize III anthology of American writing. In 1985, his
essay, “The Winds of Ruin,” was included in the anthology A Sense of
History: The Best Writing from the Pages of American Heritage.
Gusewelle was the American leader of the 1991 joint U.S.-Russian
2,700-mile expedition from the source to the mouth of the Lena River in
Siberia. He wrote, produced and narrated a 90-minute television
documentary of the journey, entitled “A Great Current Running.”
In 1997 he wrote and narrated the Kansas City documentary, “This Place
Called Home,” which was awarded a regional Emmy. His documentary,
“Water and Fire: A Story of the Ozarks,” premiered in March 2000 on
Kansas City Public Television. It was judged best documentary and “best
in show” in a competition among more than 70 public television stations
in the U.S. The documentary, “Stories Under the Stone,” which Gusewelle
wrote and hosted, premiered 2005.
He is the author of 12 books and is listed in Who’s Who in America. He
was inducted in 2000 into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and was
inducted in 2007 into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of
Fame. He is married to the former Katie Jane Ingels of Jefferson City,
MO. They have two daughters.