Dermot Cole Biography


Dermot Cole is a longtime columnist for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and author of five books, four of them about Alaska history. He writes a daily general interest column in the local section of the newspaper, writing about everything from politics to community events. Cole has written extensively about Alaska and Alaska history for nearly 30 years. He has worked for the Daily News-Miner since the 1970s, but he also spent one year at the Associated Press in Seattle. His books include: "Frank Barr: Bush Pilot in Alaska and the Yukon", "Amazing Pipeline Stories: How Building the trans-Alaska Pipeline Transformed Life on America's Last Frontier," "Fairbanks: A Gold Rush Town that Beat the Odds" and "Fairbanks: A Pictorial History." Cole grew up in Pennsylvania and lived in Taiwan, Montana and Hong Kong before moving to Alaska in 1974. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cole is married to journalist Debbie Carte and has three children.