Hugo Kugiya has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working for the Orlando Sentinel, The Seattle Times, Newsday and the Associated Press, where he was a roving, national correspondent based in New York.

His first book, “58 Degrees North,” (Bloomsbury, 2005) about the mysterious sinking of a fishing boat off Alaska, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award. The book was adapted from a three-​​part series that won Newsday’s 2001 Publisher’s Award and was nominated that year for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

Kugiya’s reporting was featured in the 2000 edition of Best Newspaper Writing. That year, he was a finalist in the deadline category of the American Society of Newspaper Editors writing awards. An article about the Turkish earthquake of 1999 was singled out by judges.

Kugiya grew up in Los Angeles and Portland and graduated from the University of Washington. Based in Seattle as a freelance writer and editor, he has contributed articles to the Today show website, The Seattle Times, Crosscut.com, the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He also works as an editor of news content for Bing.