Journalism veteran John DeDakis to speak at Explore Booksellers

Feb 23, 2018

Veteran journalist and editor John DeDakis in the APR studios for an interview.
Credit Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio News

John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and recently penned the novel Bullet In The Chamber. He’s speaking tonight at Explore Booksellers about how the book deals with the loss of his son.

It was around when DeDakis became an editor at CNN that he started experimenting with other forms of writing, like biography, before moving to fiction.

“That’s not easy when it’s ground into you that making stuff up is a firing offense," he said.


DeDakis’ fourth novel, Bullet In The Chamber, has a subplot which details his son’s fatal heroin overdose in 2011. He hopes writing about the event sheds light on the drug, which he describes as a Russian roulette situation.


The presentation begins at 5:30. For more information, visit explorebooksellers.com.


For the conversation on DeDakis' career in journalism, listen here: