Troy Anderson

Irvine, CA 92620 USA

Professional Experience

I'm a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, #1 bestselling author and former magazine executive editor who is available for a variety of writing and editing jobs. I worked for two decades at the Los Angeles Daily News, The Press-Enterprise and other newspapers. I write for Reuters, Newsmax, National Wildlife and other media outlets. During my career, I've won more than two dozen writing awards, 2011 and 2012 Eddie Awards, two 2015 Charlie Awards, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was featured as an investigative reporter in The McGraw-Hill Companies book, Careers For Puzzle-Solvers & Other Methodical Thinkers. I'm a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the nation's premier association of nonfiction writers who have met ASJA's exacting standards of professional achievement. I'm co-author of a No. 1 bestselling Hachette investigative book.


24 Years
24 Years
Book Author
3 Years


24 Years
Business (general)
24 Years
24 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
24 Years
Newspaper - National
24 Years
Online/new media
24 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

24 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs) (7 million readers) (6-10), Reuters (1 billion readers) (10+), Newsmax (15 million readers) (10+), Outreach (30,000 circ.) (6-10), Pacific Research Institute (6-10), Rebel (100,000 circ.) (6-10), (1.2 million readers) (6-10), Charisma (5 million readers) (10+), (3-5), NBIZ Magazine (30,000 circ.) (3-5), Inland Empire (190,000 circ.) (3-5), Angies List (3-5), Human Events (1.4 million readers) (3-5), Consumers Digest (700,000 circ.) (1-2), Los Angeles Daily Journal (20,000 circ.) (1-2), National Wildlife (650,000 circ.) (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Gener8Xion Entertainment (10+), WDC Media (10+), SpareFoot (6-10), Los Angeles County Business Federation (6-10), Significant Federation (3-5), Breck Designs (1-2)

Other Work History

- Magazine Writer / Bestselling Author / Filmmaker / Speaker (2016-Present) - Charisma and Charisma Media (5 million readers): Executive Editor (2014-2016) - Magazine Writer / Reuters (2011-2014) - The Press-Enterprise (2 million readers): Editorial Writer / Assistant Editorial Page Editor (2011) - Los Angeles Daily News (2.5 million readers): County Government / Enterprise Reporter (1999-2010) - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Local Government / Investigative Reporter (1997-1998) - Medford Mail Tribune: Police / General Assignment Reporter (1996) - Nevada Appeal: Capitol Bureau Chief / Investigative Reporter (1991-1995) - Cottage Grove Sentinel: Intern (1991) - University of Oregon News Bureau: Hometown Writer (1990-1991) - Oregon Daily Emerald: Freelance Writer (1989-1991)

Technical Skills

Editing, Design and Photography.

Computer Skills

CCI Newspaper Editing System, InDesign, Joomla, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Blogging, Internet Research, Facebook, Twitter, Excel, Word and other software.


Pentax K100 Digital Camera, Laptop Computer, Canon Digital Video Camera and Digital Audio Recorder.

Work Permits & Visas



Available upon request.


During my career, I've won more than two dozen local, state and national writing awards, including 2011 and 2012 Eddie Awards (Folio: magazine's prestigious journalism awards). As executive editor of Charisma, the magazine won two 2015 Charlie Awards (the top award from the Florida Magazine Association) for best overall writing and design, and two 2015 Folio: Eddie Awards' honorable mentions for full issues of Charisma. In 2004, I was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for a Los Angeles Daily News foster care series that contributed to what were described as "revolutionary" national reforms. In 1998, I won a national first place award from the Donrey Media Group for an investigative series in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.


American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA) Investigative Reporters & Editors

Work Samples

Investigative Articles

(Los Angeles Daily News 5/1/2007)
Flamboyant and ostentatious, they drive luxury cars, unwind in multimillion-dollar mansions, flaunt designer clothes and flash dazzling jewels. But behind the glitz lurks what law enforcement officials say is a brazen new breed of organized criminal - Eurasian mobsters .


(Rebel 3/2/2012)
Innovative entrepreneur Shaun King has mastered the art of using social media for social good.
(Human Events 10/31/2012)
Eric Holder Jr.'s family is moving fast and furiously to bury the U.S. Attorney General's ties to one of Georgia's most notorious abortion doctors.
(Charisma 3/1/2009)
He surfs. He swims. He's going to be in the Los Angeles Marathon in March. He has a contagiously optimistic outlook on life. And yet he has no arms or legs.
(Reuters 8/29/2012)
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers have reached a deal to raise public employees' retirement ages, have them pay more into their pension accounts, and cap retirement payments in a vast overhaul of the state's pension system that he says will save $30 billion.
(Charisma 4/1/2015)
It's the Day of Pentecost-not long after Jesus' resurrection and ascension to heaven. Suddenly, a cacophony of voices begins to build. A sound, like a "rushing mighty wind," fills the house in Jerusalem.
(Reuters 5/11/2012)
(Reuters) - Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend Junior Seau's public memorial in a San Diego stadium on Friday, more than a week after the former National Football League star killed himself in his beachfront home.
(Newsmax 6/25/2013)
Ever since Daniel Defoe penned Robinson Crusoe in 1719, the mystique of being marooned on a deserted island has captured the imagination of millions the world over.
(Newsmax 3/1/2013)
CIA officers are masters at detecting lies and deceit. In fact, knowing the difference between the truth and deception is often a matter of life or death for intelligence agents.
(Los Angeles Daily News 11/23/2008)
No one knows Mother Nature's fury like Daniel and Mary Rios. In a tragic confluence of misfortune, the Rios family has lost three San Fernando Valley homes to natural disasters. First it was the Sylmar Earthquake of 1971. Then the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. And now, the Sayre Fire.
(Rebel 1/31/2011)
After spending his childhood in a devout Christian home caring for his ill mother, Scott Harrison rebelled at age 18, grew out his hair, joined a rock band and moved to New York City to become rich and famous.
(Chicago Tribune 3/22/2012)
LOS ANGELES, March 21 (Reuters) - Police investigating the 1974 murder of a U.S. Marine whose body was identified only recently said they have so far found no links to a serial killer active in California at the time but have not ruled out a connection.
(Los Angeles Daily News 9/1/2004)
Shaken by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Congress heaped billions of dollars on America's police and rescuers for a new mission: Protect the nation, one chunk of turf at a time.
( 4/8/2013)
Ah, muscle cars. The name evokes the aroma of burning rubber and hot motor oil, the rush of driving a fast, powerful car and a wilder, crazier time in America.
(Angies List 6/21/2013)
One of the most elaborately and colorfully decorated Victorian homes in Los Angeles is just a blur to those speeding by along the Arroyo Seco - the first freeway in California. But for those who take the time to visit the historic Hale House, an enchanting - if not otherworldly - adventure awaits.
(Charisma 6/1/2015)
A crowd of 550 people sing, clap and even dance in rhythm to the upbeat Jewish melodies played by LaDonna Taylor, a gifted violinist.
(High Country News 2/22/2016)
Jeff Villepique usually carries bear spray when he goes into the mountains. But the California Department of Fish and Game biologist isn't worried about bears as he walks to the edge of a steep, rocky wash near the Mount Baldy Ski Lifts resort in Southern California.
(Newsmax 4/8/2013)
Peter Shankman believes so strongly in the idiom "time is money" that he carries two smartphones loaded with travel apps whenever he's on the road.
(Los Angeles Daily News 8/1/2012)
Awakened by late-night pounding and his doorbell ringing, Palmdale resident Jesus Bejarano found a social worker and two sheriff's deputies demanding he turn over his 20-month-old daughter, Kelly.
(Los Angeles Daily News 12/7/2003)
Up to half of Los Angeles County's foster children were needlessly placed in a system that is often more dangerous than their own homes because of financial incentives in state and federal laws, a two-year Daily News investigation has found.
(Newsmax 12/5/2013)
A new wave of faith-based dormitories at public universities is a hit with many students and parents, but the facilities are drawing the ire of those who support strict church-state separation.
(The Press-Enterprise 11/4/2011)
The Press-Enterprise editorials I wrote about local, state and national topics.
(National Wildlife 1/19/2010)
Deep inside one of 260 caves in California's Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Shane Fryer stared for 20 minutes at a square-meter of ground, seeing little of interest. Then he noticed a tiny, moving dust flake.
(Christianity Today 5/15/2009)
Gazing out a large window in the pastor's office at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Arlene Epps-Gray explains how a mother who once owned a four-bedroom home surrounded by a pond and a barn became a homeless drug addict. She recalls a pivotal event, a childhood trauma seared into her memory.
(Outreach 6/29/2012)
I may be one of the most unlikely Olympic decathletes in the history of the games. I'm shorter and lighter than most decathletes. In fact, I'm the smallest decathlete to ever win an Olympic gold medal.
(Newsmax 4/25/2013)
Not so long ago, shopping was easy. Goods had a set price, and if customers liked the price, they bought the item. If they didn't, they went elsewhere. Today, prices can change from hour to hour - even minute to minute.
(Newsmax 2/28/2013)
Declining U.S. and global fertility rates could have dire consequences, including threatening economic stability - even pushing nations to the brink of war, a groundbreaking new book warns. At home, the decline could wreak havoc on Social Security, already on course to run dry within 10 years.
(Newsmax 12/30/2013)
Despite the dramatic rise in interfaith marriages in America, many people never discuss their religious upbringings while dating or even what religion they want their children to practice.
(Human Events 11/8/2012)
Already facing calls for a congressional investigation into his ties to Georgia's most notorious abortion doctor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. may be headed for more trouble.
(Christianity Today 6/17/2008)
Despite all the recent attacks on faith, or perhaps, because of them, these are definitely the best of times for Christian apologists such as Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Ben Witherington III, Darrell Bock, and J. P. Moreland.
( 2/11/2011)
The prevailing wisdom holds that existing public pensions - once converted into Cadillac plans - can't be turned back into Oldsmobiles.
(Los Angeles Daily News 10/11/2010)
In the middle of the 17th century, a Jewish scribe in Kolin, Czechoslovakia, sat down at a table with a feather quill and a bottle of special ink and spent a year writing the "Five Books of Moses" on the skin of a kosher animal.
( 1/25/2012)
Mold mania swept the United States a decade ago after lawsuits filed by celebrities Ed McMahon, Erin Brockovich and Michael Jordan stoked fears about "killer mold." Now, a new threat has emerged - a "house-eating fungus" that can devour homes in months.
(Newsmax 5/26/2012)
Somewhere around the 500th baptism of the day, a decidedly unspiritual thought popped into Pastor Rick Warren's mind. "They're all fat," America's most famous pastor remembers saying to himself. "I'm dunking everybody underwater, and everybody's fat."
(Rebel 2/1/2012)
Adam Braun's Pencils of Promise, with a little help from Justin Bieber, is bringing education to impoverished children.
(Newsmax 8/23/2012)
One issue getting barely a mention in this year's presidential contest is the rising collateral damage from the war on drugs, including swelling U.S prison populations and cartel violence that has claimed nearly 50,000 lives in Mexico since 2006.
(Newsmax 1/2/2013)
For some travelers, spontaneity is the elixir of life. And it's easy to see the allure of great destinations.
(Newsmax 2/2/2013)
Nick Vujicic grew up hoping people wouldn't focus on what he didn't have and focus on what he did have - courage, strength, and tenacity.
(Newsmax 1/2/2013)
Jeanie Truslow doesn't focus on the minutiae; she leaves that to the bean counters.
(Newsmax 1/26/2013)
Americans love going overseas to visit the historic castles of Europe. But the fact is we have our own castles here in the United States, complete with towering turrets, romantic drawbridges, and secret passageways.
(Newsmax 8/23/2012)
Hollywood has officially been born again - at least when it comes to Bible movies. Not since the 1950s and '60s when director Cecil B. DeMille and others brought a flood of faith stories to the big screen (think "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston), has Hollywood had so many stories of faith.