Larry Warren (1950 - )
In a half century journalism career, Larry Warren chronicled the rise of skiing and winter sports in the Intermountain West through television, films, books, magazines and internet. The native of “vertically challenged” South Dakota gravitated west for schooling—and skiing—in the late 1960’s, falling hard for Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.
After earning a journalism degree from the University of Utah, he reported for KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City for 27 years, including Utah’s Olympic bids through the 2002 Winter Olympics and beyond. That expanded to an interest in the evolution of skiing and a parallel career as a ski historian, lecturer, columnist, freelance writer and filmmaker.
His writing resulted in books, national, regional and local magazine articles, ski trade journals and ski websites. His filmmaking focused on ski history for television, museums and promotional films for ski resorts. He became a frequent lecturer on skiing history and his print and television stories reached national audiences through magazines, the internet and network and cable television.
Following television, Warren served as manager of Park City’s community radio station KPCW, where the focus was frequently on skiing and tourism. He also became the popular emcee and voice of annual Utah ski gatherings, especially the “Ski Affair” of the University of Utah’s Marriott Library Ski Archives and the Alf Engen Museum’s annual Hall of Fame Inductions.
The recipient of Ski Utah’s “Excellence in Ski Journalism” award in 1995, Warren is also an honorary member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America/Intermountain Division.
Larry Warren’s prolific career brought the Intermountain skiing story to audiences across numerous media platforms for more than a half century.