Jeannette DeWyze

Jeannette DeWyze has written for the Reader since 1975. She is the co-author with Allan Mallinger of Too Perfect When Being In Control Gets Out Of Control (1993).

Some of her notable feature stories from the archives include:

I Cover the Watercress (Burl Stiff - San Diego Union society editor), Feb. 15, 1979:

Don't Call Me at Home (Mayor Maureen O'Connor), March 8, 1979

What High School Did You Go To? (Cameron Crowe), Dec. 3, 1981

An Encounter with Bill Coulson (Disciple of psychologist Carl Rogers apostasizes), Aug. 20, 1987

When an Indian Language Is Gone (linguist tries to re-construct Kumeyaay), Jan. 30, 1997

Childhood's End (94-year-old Dr. Spock living in La Jolla), Nov. 20, 1997

Three Bullets and Nine Years Later (Betty Broderick in prison), Nov. 5, 1998

Articles by Jeannette DeWyze

Other San Diego summers

Phoenix, fat boy and bikini girl, fireworks, Black's Beach, metal finders, male swimsuits

Phoenix without apologies Traveler, consider our Phoenix. An hour away by air, this flat, posh suburb of Greater L.A. is your finest summer vacation bargain. For the price of a bad weekend in a tacky ...

Jeannette DeWyze and the Reader

Hare Krishnas, Bishop Maher, Chino's, Betty Broderick, Marshall South, Eleanor Widmer

How DeWyze came to the Reader: In the early ‘70s, my best friend at Northwestern University, Randy Barnett, got a job selling ads for the fledgling Chicago Reader. I was involved in campus life (including ...

Zane Parzen, Lee Grissom, Bill Mitchell, Dennis Connor, Dick Farson, Sam Fuller

Big names in a little town

The final analysis Shepherd suggested to the Walkers three names, including that of Parzen, from whom Shepherd had taken an advanced psychiatry class at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. Not only did Parzen possess a ...

Pot smuggler's accident, Belmont Park, Willie Shoemaker, prostitution after Stingaree, truth serum, a family's letters

Stories hidden in the back pages of the Reader

The Zipper – near death at the Del Mar Fair The Zipper was a new wrinkle on the midway: this big, gleaming apparatus that looked like a gigantic fan belt, with body-hugging cages attached along ...

San Diego Zoo's rare bonobos

And the superfans devoted to the zoo's once forgotten apes

In late April of 1960, the San Diego Zoo’s curator of mammals, George Pournelle, traveled to one of the most inaccessible parts of the African rainforest on a collecting expedition. His goal was to acquire ...

Coast to Cactus: The genesis of San Diego's definitive hiking guide

Not meant to compete with Trailmaster Schad’s

Since Afoot and Afield in San Diego County first appeared in 1986, Jerry Schad’s comprehensive guide to local hiking trails has been considered the definitive resource. But Schad’s death from liver cancer in 2011 sent ...

Campout in the Sahara

Morocco's dunes offer a travel experience like no other.

Hassi Labied (population: 2,000) is one of the places you go in Morocco if you want to sleep in the Sahara. It's about 30 miles from the Algerian border; and its dunes (Erg Cheggi) are ...

Wine and dine in Baja's Guadalupe Valley

The culinary scene in this close-to-home wine region is taking off.

Recently I went back to northern Baja's Guadalupe Valley. I hadn’t been there since the late 1980s. Back then, it was just emerging as a serious wine-growing region, with two giant producers (Cetto and Pedro ...

Kenya's elephant orphanage

Safe haven in Nairobi National Park from black-market ivory trade.

Greater Nairobi, home to more than six million people, has a reputation for mayhem. Its international airport just burned; the Kenyan capital’s nickname is Nairobbery. But visitors can still find some extraordinary pleasures. Ranking high ...