Ned Hickson is the editor and a syndicated humor columnist at Siuslaw News, a small Oregon newspaper where the motto is:
Your dependable source for local news. Twice weekly. Unless we lose count.
After graduating from high school in Florence, Ore. in 1984, Ned moved to Dallas, Texas, where he found groundbreaking work as a bus boy. He eventually made his way into the kitchen and was promoted to corporate chef for L&N Seafood Restaurant in 1987, traveling throughout the South, coordinating restaurant openings. In 1989 he was promoted to regional chef and moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he was in charge of overseeing kitchen operations for 15 L&N Seafood locations throughout the Southern region.
But what does any of this have to do with his WRITING credentials?!?
Nothing really, but aren’t you getting hungry?
During his years in the restaurant business, Ned continued to write, getting short stories published in dozens of small press magazines, and completing a mystery novel. In 1999, he was hired as the sports editor and humor columnist for Siuslaw News in Florence, Ore.
During his time at the News, he has been awarded “Best Local Column” from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He took his self-syndicated column online to newspapers in 2002 and, by 2003, received his first measure of national success: A threatening letter from Velcro© for not using the “©” symbol when making fun of its product. That same year, he became a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. In 2013, his column became a syndicated feature with News Media Corporation. He was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2016.
Ned has been a volunteer firefighter with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue since 2011 and is the author of two books: Humor at the Speed of Life (2013), a collection from 15 year of his columns; and Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16 shucking years as a columnist (2016), a writer’s survival guide offering tips, insights and inspiration gathered from his 16 years as a writer.
Both books are available from Port Hole Publishing by clicking on the images at the bottom, or quite possibly from the trunk of Ned’s car.
He and his wife, Alicia, live in a small town on the Oregon coast with their four children, a dog, a cat and entirely too many sea gulls.