Charles Pelkey joined Red Kite Prayer in 2011, after a long career at what was one of the country’s leading cycling magazines. Over his 17 years at that publication, he served as technical editor, news editor, online editor and senior web editor.
Pelkey has spent more than 25 years in journalism, including time as a news reporter for Wyoming Public Radio and later as a staff writer for the Casper Star Tribune, covering education and Wyoming politics. He served as press secretary for then-U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson, before moving into cycling journalism in 1994. During his 17-year career at the magazine, Pelkey covered the top levels of the sport, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.
Pelkey is a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law. He is a member of the Wyoming Bar and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of Wyoming. Pelkey is also a partner at the Laramie law firm of Neubauer, Pelkey and Goldfinger, LLP. His primary legal interests are criminal law, family law, employment law, personal injury and sports law.
He also spent several years investigating the problems of performance-enhancing drugs in sport and is regarded as an expert in the field. Pelkey reported on and followed the evolution of the body of law involving the World Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Code and attended both the agency’s founding conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1999 and its most recent, the 2007 conference in Madrid. Pelkey has frequently appeared as a guest on major news outlets including NPR, the BBC, MSNBC, ESPN and CBS, to discuss the topic in general and how the law applies to individual cases.
Pelkey lives in Laramie with his wife Diana Denison and their two children, Philip and Annika.