Mike Layton (journalist)

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Mike Layton
Born Myron J. Layton
(1922-11-24)November 24, 1922
Nebraska, US
Died March 20, 2011(2011-03-20) (aged 88)
Seattle, Washington
Other names "Mike"
Education Graduated University of Denver, 1950
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Seattle Post-Intelligencer (journalist, columnist), The Olympian (at one time The Daily Olympian) (journalist); Easy Blood: Ronald Reagan's Proxy Wars in Central America (non-fiction book); My Very Worst Friend (memoir/autobiography); The Laytons: A Westering Family (family history)

Mike Layton (November 24, 1922 – March 20, 2011) was an American newspaper journalist who wrote for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Olympian from the 1960s through the 1980s, often covering Washington state politics.[1] Before and after Pearl Harbor, Layton served in the US Army remote Aleutian Islands. Later, in 1944–45, he served as a paratrooper in the European theater of World War II, in the 82nd Airborne Division.[1] Layton was also a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 11th Airborne Division and 10th Special Forces Group.[2] Layton wrote the book Easy Blood: Ronald Reagan's Proxy Wars in Central America, about his research and experiences travelling in Central America (in particular Nicaragua),[3] and My Very Worst Friend, a memoir and autobiography.[4]


  1. ^ a b Dodge, John (March 23, 2011). "Longtime Capitol scribe Layton dies". The Olympian. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Connelly, Joel (March 23, 2011). "Mike Layton could 'spot BS at a hundred paces'". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Layton, Mike, Easy Blood: Ronald Reagan's Proxy Wars in Central America, 1997
  4. ^ Layton, Mike, My Very Worst Friend, 1998