Born in Germany in 1924, Jurgen Hesse grew up in Italy (no military service) and came to Canada in 1958. He received numerous awards for his radio documentaries and he wrote two self-help titles, The Radio Documentary Handbook and Mobile Retirement Handbook. For his Voices of Change: Immigrant Writers Speak Out (Pulp, 1990), he interviewed 15 immigrant writers and included an introductory overview interview with Ron Hatch. He continued his 'Voices' series with Voices in Exile: Refugees Speak Out (Thinkware, 1994) and Voices in Mexico: The Middle Class Speaks Out (Thinkware, 1995). He wrote and aired many exceptional radio documentaries including one on the anarchist-novelist B. Traven and another on the death of his father. He met his wife in Mexico in 1988 and visited Mexico many times. Hesse also wrote Where Credit Is Due: A Celebration of Fifty Years of Edelweiss Credit Union History (Vancouver: Edelweiss Credit Union, 1993). He died on July 30, 2008.

[BCBW 2008] "Mexico" "Advice"