David McCumber is an award-wining journalist and author who is now the executive editor of the Arizona Daily Star. This is his third tour with the Star. In 1984, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize with two other Star staffers for a report about deficiencies at the Tucson defense plant then operated by the Hughes Aircraft Company. He also helped to direct the Star's Pulitzer-winning investigation of the University of Arizona football program in 1980.
In subsequent years, he was managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and founded Big Sky Journal magazine. He also served as Washington Bureau chief for Hearst Newspapers and as a regional news executive for Lee Enterprises.
McCumber has authored three books "X-Rated: A Story of Sex, Money and Death," "Playing off the Rail: A Pool Hustler's Journey" and "The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch." With Andrew Schneider, he co-authored a fourth, "An Air That Kills," an investigation of thousands of asbestos-related deaths and illnesses in Libby, Montana and across the country.