Walt Pickut is a New Jersey native, raised in the Essex County town of Bloomfield. Growing up, he watched the sunrise outside his bedroom window to start each day, and every night he watched the Empire State Building take its place to light the eastern horizon. He and his late wife, Patricia Winter of West Orange, New Jersey, raised their three children, Dr. William Pickut, the late Rev. Matthew Pickut, and Dr. Catherine Lamberton, in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, though the job wasn’t quite finished until they moved to Wellsville, one of Western New York’s historic old oil towns. Country life can cure nearly every illness endemic to the madding urban crowd.

A graduate of Bloomfield College and Seminary (biology and chemistry) and Houghton College (communication), Walt added graduate training at Fairleigh-Dickenson University (cardiopulmonary physiology) and the State University of New York-Amherst (mass communication) to pursue parallel careers in medical sciences and radio broadcasting. Adjunct faculty appointments at NYU School of Medicine and Graduate School, faculty service at Houghton College, and hospital practice, including clinical diagnostics and therapeutics, management, and research in respiratory care and sleep medicine, back Walt’s experience for writing in the sciences, medicine, and communication.

As a freelance writer, Walt now lives, in Chautauqua County, New York, with his wife, Nancy Juriga, MSW. He has served as editor and contributing editor at the Jamestown Gazette since its founding in 2011, published various book-length works—memoir and history—as a non-fiction ghostwriter and author, and has written extensive content on healthcare for online and print media. He also currently serves on the board of directors at the Martz-Kohl Astronomical Observatory in Frewsburg, New York, committed to education and research.

Other Works

  • Jim Roselle - The Best Times of My Life: Sixty Years with a Microphone and a Cup of Happiness


Awards and Recognition

  • Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary International