Beck will focus on a blend of personality profiles, feature stories and entertainment. "One of my joys is helping ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences share their stories," Beck said.
While his career at The Tennessean presented him with the opportunity to interview such personalities as Robert Duvall, Bob Hope, Miley Cyrus, Tom Selleck and Charlton Heston, as well as many of his childhood heroes such as Roy Rogers and Captain Kangaroo, Beck also crisscrossed the mid-state to profile everyday folks with unique tales.
As a writer, Beck has written or co-written more than two dozen books, including "The Andy Griffith Show Book," "Aunt Bee‘s Mayberry Cookbook," "The All-American Cowboy Cookbook," "The Encyclopedia of TV Pets" and "Terrific Tennessee." His most recent book, "Walking On," takes a look at the life and times of legendary Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser as told through the eyes of his daughter, Dwana Pusser.
Beck and his wife, Wendy, are graduates of Harding College, and live between Lebanon and Watertown. The bedroom portion of their house is a 180-year-old log cabin. He previously was a teacher and coach at Friendship Christian School and dorm manager at Cumberland University. His hobbies include jogging, watching old movies, reading, driving Tennessee back roads and collecting lunch boxes.
If readers have a special interest in a feature or topic about which they would like to see Beck write, they may contact him at KBTAG@aol.com.