Writer/producer in features & TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN reporter; USC professor. Author of books about the Beatles, JFK, UFOs.


This open letter challenges you to defend your skepticism about UFO/UAP reality in a public debate. Can you go beyond sound bites and punch lines to get to the heart of the matter?

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An Open Letter to Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’ve been waiting a long time for you to stop dodging, dismissing and deflecting on the issue of UFOs/UAP and engage in some straight talk about what they really are and where they’re coming from. Maybe I’m just getting old and impatient, but the times are changing, the planet is…

A Trail of the Saucers Investigation

The New Hampshire bureaucracy in charge of the popular road sign about the Betty and Barney Hill UFO abduction proves remarkably nimble in assessing a mistake, learning the truth, and making a change.

Historical marker #0224, New Hampshire | Photo, Jared Zabel, 2018

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IS NOT AN EASY JOB. It takes time, results are never guaranteed, and its pursuit usually involves upsetting the status quo and offending someone. And even though it can win journalistic awards, actual change rarely results without a brutal pushback and a sustained effort.

That’s what makes this…

Coast-to-Coast AM

How being over-caffeinated in the middle of the night on live radio can focus a mind as few other broadcast experiences can.

Graphic Art by Nick Madrid, Madrid Graphic Art

THERE’S NO WAY TO MINIMIZE THE RUSH YOU FEEL. When you get a call or an email from the producers at Coast-to-Coast AM asking if you would be up for a guest appearance on an upcoming show, you will feel a jolt of electricity from that invitation. I may have…

Year in Review

In 2021, my Medium articles did some deep dives on UFOs, The Beatles, artificial intelligence, JFK, 9/11, the Emmy Awards, and even Santa Claus. Go figure.

WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS, these are the most popular articles I wrote in 2021 — all of them getting at least a thousand views, most closer to five thousand, several over fifteen thousand, and the most popular one at 31-thousand and still growing.

My Most Popular Article of the Year

This article is the gift that keeps…

Looking Back

Every year since 2017 has been a big one in the struggle to unravel the mystery of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. It turns out that 2021 was the biggest yet for UFO news.

AS NEW HISTORY BOOKS ARE WRITTEN about how the world grappled with telling itself the truth (as much as it can be known) about UFO/UAP reality, there will be years that stand out more than others.

2017, of course, was the one that started the modern age of confirmation with…

The Politics of UAP

The calendar says Unidentified Aerial Phenomena will be an issue next year in the United States midterm election. Politics and UFOs are about to mix as never before.

2022 is poised to have the greatest political October Surprise in the history of United States elections.

That’s right. Unidentified flying objects dumped smack into the middle of a national midterm election. UFOs as a political issue. Candidates questioned about where they stand on the issue.

It sounds crazy. It’s…

Zoom Partners

How an Australian reporter and an American producer became friends without ever actually meeting in person. And how they decided that a world that doesn’t need another UFO podcast might just need another UFO podcast anyway.

Madrid Graphic Art

NOTE: Ross Coulthart and Bryce Zabel are the hosts of the new podcast, Need to Know with Coulthart & Zabel, debuting this week on what is the fourth anniversary of the 2017 New York Times front page article about government UAP investigations. For details, check out the website here.


Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Just as I’ve been compelled to listen obsessively to The Beatles for most of the years of my life, I’m now helpless to resist the urge to write about them on Medium.

LIKE MOST TRUE BEATLES FANS, I’ve been completely entranced since Thanksgiving Day by the chance to watch Peter Jackson’s sensational documentary The Beatles: Get Back on Disney+.

Honestly, I should probably be completely written out on John, Paul, George and Ringo. Back in 2018, I authored a book about the…

Imagine Another Day

It’s been over 50 years since The Beatles called it quits and broke our hearts. It never had to happen. They let it be, but they could have worked it out.

Filmmaker Peter Jackson’s pandemic-delayed Beatles documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” shows John, Paul, George and Ringo hadn’t given up on the band.

AMERICANS OF A CERTAIN AGE still remember vividly the years when — through a cloud of pot smoke — young music lovers would talk about how much longer the world’s greatest rock group would play together before breaking up. Everyone just knew The Beatles were finished, sooner than later. …

The Ways of Santa

Parents need effective strategy and tactics to help their children believe in Santa Claus (if they want to) without ruining the whole thing before its time.

Jared Zabel’s eyes are alive with Christmas cheer!

PARENTS CAN BE UNBELIEVABLY SLOPPY when it comes to preserving plausible deniability about actually being Santa. It undermines the ability of their kids to believe in Santa Claus for as long as they need to, and it deprives them too early of one of the great joys of Christmas.


Bryce Zabel

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