B. Drummond Ayres, Jr. is a contributing reporter at Retro Report and a retired New York Times national correspondent. Drummond spent 36 years on the Times’ staff, filing some 3,500 dispatches in all, at least one from every state. After leaving the Times in 2002, Drummond spent eight years as a visiting scholar at V. M.I., teaching writing, journalism and politics. Drummond holds a BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.