Bruce has worked as a senior writer and editor at People magazine and a national news reporter in New York for USA Today, where he covered major breaking news and trials, politics, organized crime and terrorism. He began his career in journalism at Gannett Westchester Newspapers, in White Plains, New York, where he won numerous awards for depth reporting, spot news, and columns.
At the age of 51, Bruce left full-time journalism to study for an MFA in poetry, which he received from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, with a degree in government, in 1971. Born in Miami Beach, he grew up in nearby Hollywood, Florida until age 11, when his family moved to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and, later, to Long Beach, New York, where he attended high school.
Bruce recently completed ghost-writing a book about an experimental "elephant ranch" in Kenya and is researching a new book about aging. He also writes a blog about later life achievers, the brain and aging, and, occasionally, dance and poetry.