I spoke with him in person just one time. He was reporting a week-long series of stories on The Spokesman-Review. And he approached me about doing something on The Slice, which was still a fairly new column at the time.
I declined. Can't really remember why.
He went ahead and included a bit about the column in one of his reports, which, of course, was his right. I can still remember him interviewing some old guy in a café who could not get his mind around the idea that I posed a question on one day and printed answers to that question on another.