Fred Bayles, Director

Fred Bayles

Fred Bayles has spent the past three decades in daily journalism, including the last 20 years as a national correspondent for The Associated Press and USA TODAY. His work has taken him to 49 states and 10 foreign countries. Assignments have included the 1991 Gulf War, the 1994 Haiti incursion, the 1993 Branch-Davidian siege in Waco, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster and the O.J. Simpson investigation and trial. Bayles also covered the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo and Bonnie, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and various other natural and man-made disasters. In addition, Bayles has led several award-winning investigative projects, including 50-state looks at guardianship of the elderly, the child welfare system and probes into major airline crashes, including TWA 800 and SwissAir 111. He also has an extensive portfolio in sports feature writing, including daily columns from Olympic games in Seoul, Albertville, Barcelona and Lillehammer.