Dave Cunningham is an award-winning journalist, a published fiction and non-fiction author, a screenwriter, actor, director, artist and a mediocre drummer. He interviewed four U.S. Presidents (Nixon, Carter, Clinton and G.W. Bush), entertainers from Aretha Franklin to Frank Sinatra, and sports stars from Muhammad Ali to O.J. Simpson. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Sporting News, The Orlando Sentinel and hundreds of other obsolete fish-wrappers and bird-cage mats worldwide.
Cunningham has written, edited, ghost-written or contributed to 15 books, including the critically acclaimed (by his relatives) “Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace,” co-authored with Jamshid Hosseini. Two of his screenplays allegedly are in production in Australia and Africa. He also has appeared in two little-known network TV series (“Seeing Stars” and “Who’s Your Daddy?”) and the feature film farce “Dynamite Swine,” and was a regular guest on Prime Ticket TV’s “Reporter’s Roundtable.”
Cunningham served as state president of the nation’s oldest professional writing organization, the California Writers Club (founded in 1909), and was a 2004 winner of the Jack London Award. He also won six national and regional writing awards and taught creative writing at Cal State University (Fullerton). OK, it was the Extended Education Program, but still.