William Cook Haigwood began his career in journalism as a reporter and photographer for the Berkeley Daily Gazette in the 1960s while earning a degree in history from the University of California. He covered student protests and the emergence of the Counterculture in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest well into the 1970s, writing hundreds of articles and making thousands of photographs. His career in journalism includes print and broadcast experience. He has been an editor and publisher of newspapers in the Bay Area and Northern California, including two years as editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pt. Reyes Light.
Haigwood's work as a reporter brought him interviews with numerous political figures and personalities of the era including: Robert Kennedy, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, Dr. Timothy Leary, Jerry Brown, Jane Fonda, Adam Clayton Powell, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Germaine Greer, Ronald Reagan, Congressman Ron Dellums, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Woody Allen, and Janice Joplin, to name a few.
As a graduate student in filmmaking at Humboldt State University, Haigwood wrote, directed and acted in a film biography of social and political activist Emma Goldman. Sponsored by a grant from Warner Bros., the film won a Silver Plaque for student films at the 1977 Chicago International Film Festival.
During the 1980s and 90s Haigwood published community newspapers in Marin and Sonoma counties north of San Francisco. As a public speaker, he has been called on often to talk about his experiences covering the Sixties.
Haigwood continues to write and to produce photography. Projects include Davenport, a novel that recounts the history of Northern California's free beach movement, as well as a new collection of poems and photographs entitled Comfortable Uncertainties that offers Buddhist perspectives on the subtle-and not so subtle-contradictions contained within everyday living.
Haigwood has combined abiding academic and vocational interests in art, history, and psychology with his eyewitness experience as a journalist to produce the manuscript for Journeying the Sixties: A Counterculture Tarot. The author's inspiration for this work came from revisiting thousands of his Sixties photographs and discovering, in a synchronous surprise, the emergence of a 40-year-old Tarot that offered novel signposts for a new and comprehensive survey of the Counterculture.