Mike Levy

Michael Levy, author of Hunting With Teddy, was an award-winning reporter who left his unique touch on hundreds of outdoor columns he penned for The Buffalo News. A gifted writer and an official newsroom character, Mr. Levy embraced the newspaper business as a way to meet and write about people. His weekly Outdoors column allowed him to not only report on his passion for hunting and fishing, but also chronicle the lives of the people who took him to their favorite fishing holes or deer stands.

Born in New York City, Michael Bela Levy was the son of immigrants who settled in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with majors in English and history in 1962, then worked for the Wall Street Journal and ultimately as a reporter and columnist for The Buffalo News.

Levy was a longtime supporter of conservation groups, helping to found several New York chapters of Pheasants Forever. He was honored by that group along with Trout Unlimited and the Shooters Committee on Political Education, and was named environmental journalist of the Outdoor Writers Association.

In the months before he died, Levy wrote this novel about Teddy Roosevelt, a man he studied with typical Levy zeal.

“May you enjoy the life you have and be grateful when you have to leave it,” Levy advised. “It really is an amazing adventure while it is given to you.” In March 2011, Michael Levy died of congestive heart failure.