Dennis Maley is the editor of The Bradenton Times. His column appears twice weekly in our Thursday and Sunday editions. He also writes occasional features on local politics, sports and entertainment. Prior to joining TBT in early 2010, Maley was a freelance journalist and a popular contributer to the now defunct Sarasota Creative Loafing magazine. He is a former columnist at Boxing World Magazine and has been published in a wide variety of local, state and national publications. In addition to journalism, Maley is an avid fiction writer and is working on his first novel.
Maley is a 1998 graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned a degree in Government, while minoring in economics. At Shippensburg, he was captain of the college's boxing team and was an All-American three times, while winning two national silver medals. He also played football and was named to the 1996 Academic All-Conference team for his 3.6 GPA.
Dennis is a former Army Captain and spent several years competing as a heavyweight boxer with the Army World Class Athlete Program in Colorado Springs. He had a 63-10 amateur record and won 12 titles, including the Golden Gloves and New York Athletic Club Championship before competing in the 2000 Olympic Trials.
Maley's professional career was cut short in 2002 after he suffered a career-ending shoulder injury in his fourth pro bout. After a brief stint as a broadcast announcer, he returned to journalism where he had previously excelled writing for college and military publications.
A native of the Pennsylvania coal region, he has lived in the local area for more than a decade. His even-handed approach and "call it like he sees it" style has gained him a statewide audience and his TBT articles have been cited in several state and national publications. A respected political pundit, Maley often draws the ire of both the left and the right for his blunt assessment of the system.
Favorite Books: A Confederacy of Dunces, The Grapes of Wrath, 92 in the Shade, Appointment in Samarra, Infinite Jest, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, American Pastoral, Henderson the Rain King, The Sun Also Rises, Revolutionary Road, The Great Gatsby, Zorba the Greek, Independence Day
Favorite Music: Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan
Favorite Movies: The Royal Tenenbaums, Idiocracy, A Love Song for Bobby Long, The Big Lebowski, Cool Hand Luke, The Natural, Crazy Heart
Favorite Authors: John Steinbeck, Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Ford, Don Delillo, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas McGuane, Jonathan Franzen, Carson McCullers
Favorite Pastime: Spending time with his son.
Favorite Quote: A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. – Saul Bellow
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