New Mexico Golf News

Newspaper Editor, Freelance golf travel writer

Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

Vukelich, DanDan Vukelich is a freelance writer who has written about travel, with a specialty in golf travel, for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Ventura County (Los Angeles) Star, Golf Getaways Magazine (formerly Fairways + Greens), AZ Golf Insider (Phoenix), The Met (NYC) Golfer, and New England Golf Monthly.

Dan also has written about golf travel for, an online newsletter with the inside dope for frequent business travelers edited by Joe Brancatelli, former publisher of Frequent Flier Magazine.

He has been a reporter or editor for The Albuquerque Tribune, The Washington Times, City News Bureau of Chicago, Santa Fe New Mexican, Daily Southtown (Chicago) Economist and other newspapers. He served as regular weekly political-affairs host and producer for the New Mexico Public Television (KNME-TV) shows “At Week’s End,” “Stateline New Mexico” and “In Focus.” He was the investigative news producer half of KOB-TV’s “4 Wants to Know” team, and was paired with veteran New Mexico TV newsman Conroy Chino.

Dan is the former editor of Sun Country Golf, a regional magazine for New Mexico. He produced “New Mexico Golf Tour,” a travelogue broadcast in several PBS TV markets.

Some of Dan’s freelance golf-business and golf-travel clients have included the Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico Business Weekly, Southern New England Golfer, Hawaii Golf and Travel News, Golf Oklahoma, Albuquerque the Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and Prime Time Magazine.

Dan is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., and he has served on the boards of several New Mexico journalism organizations, including the board of the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ.

In early 2014, Dan announced the organization of a new alternative weekly newspaper in Albuquerque, ABQ Free Press

While with The Albuquerque Tribune, Dan won an award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., for a year-long series exposing corruption and conflicts of interest in the New Mexico Legislature.

He was part of a Tribune team that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for national public service reporting for exposing chronic weaknesses in New Mexico’s prosecution of repeat drunken drivers. The same team won the American Bar Association’sĀ  Silver Gavel Award.

During his tenure with The Tribune, he also won numerous New Mexico Press Association, Albuquerque Press Club and Associated Press Managing Editors awards for investigative reporting, enterprise reporting and breaking news reporting. While with The Tribune, he was named Scripps Howard Newspapers’ Reporter of the Year and Team Reporter of the Year. He served as a member of or as leader of teams of reporters who adapted database analysis techniques to investigative and explanatory journalism.

He is the only New Mexico reporter to finish second twice in a statewide New Mexico journalism competitionĀ  to a reporter whose entry won a Pulitzer Prize that year. There have been two Pulitzer Prize winners from New Mexico.

Links to some of Dan’s work involving golf travel:

ABQ Free Press: Tucson Golf: More greens for your green

Chicago Tribune: Driving Golf Trips from Chicago

AZ Golf Insider: Nicaragua, the New Golf Frontier

Chicago Tribune: Pinehurst: Golf’s Giant Step Back

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