Ken Fuson grew up in Granger, Iowa, and knew from the time he was a sophomore in high school that he wanted to be a newspaper reporter.
That year, he began covering sports for the Woodward (Ia.) Enterprise, for which he was paid $1.50 an hour. He attended the University of Missouri’s Journalism School, and in 1978 began work for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. In 1981, he landed his dream job, a reporting position on The Des Moines Register, where he stayed until 1995. He left for three years at The Sun in Baltimore, then returned to the Register in 1999. He left again in 2008 to writing the book, Heading for Home, and in 2011 began work in the marketing department at Simpson College.
Fuson won more than 40 national and state writing awards during his newspaper days, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Ernie Pyle feature writing award, the National Headliner Award, and the Best of Gannett Distinguished Writing Award (five times.) He has been a frequent speaker at newspaper writing conferences and newspapers throughout the country.