WorldNetDaily has added to its team of journalists a veteran reporter with almost three decades’ experience working for the world’s largest news organization, CEO Joseph Farah announced today.
Robert Unruh has left the Associated Press to join WND’s fulltime staff.
“We’re very glad to welcome Bob to WND,” said Farah, who added: “The experience and news judgment he’s developed from spending decades as a daily news reporter and editor will serve him well at the Internet’s premiere news website.”
Growing up in the Midwest, Unruh worked during his school years in the sports department at the Dickinson, N.D., Press, and then later at the Pulitzer-winning Fargo, N.D., Forum. While there he earned a B.A. from Concordia College across the state line in Moorhead, Minn., in 1978 with majors in Communications and Music.
He joined the Associated Press in 1979 in Cheyenne, Wyo., only two weeks before a major tornado swept across the city, destroying hundreds of homes and killing an infant. For the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, he interviewed the infant’s mother, who died just a few months later from the effects of her injuries.
He reported on some of the first back-and-forth family contacts when Cuba reopened some border access in the 1970s, and covered a spring blizzard that killed tens of thousands of ranch livestock across Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. He was on the scene when a teenager was tried for gunning down his FBI agent father by firing shotgun slugs through a garage door.
He wrote about the trial and appeals of Mark Hopkinson, who later was executed for arranging several organized crime-style “hits” in Wyoming while he was in a federal prison in California.
He was part of the team that covered the Columbine school shootings in 1999. He has covered hostage situations and was on hand in Utah when the booby-trapped body of a survivalist who had shot and killed a Colorado policeman was found in the desert.
Unruh married Patricia Knight in 1979 and they have two homeschooled children. They work with the startup branch of Christ the King Community Church in Gilpin County, a casino haven where fewer than 4 percent of the people attend a church.
“While I’ve enjoyed many experiences in wire service work, I’m more than excited to be able to work with the next level of journalists reporting the world through the unfiltered lens of WorldNetDaily,” Unruh said. “While WND already has the best report on the Internet, there are many additional stories that, I believe, should be told and I hope to be working on some of those.”
“I’m honored to have the privilege of working with Joseph Farah and the many other writers and columnists who give WorldNetDaily such a high-impact report.”