(1957 - living) U.S.A.
With a B.A. in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Rex started his career as a radio reporter, and has written extensively for the mainstream press as well, including the Chicago Tribune and The San Diego Union-Tribune. He has reported news for the gay press since 1985 until 2011. His work has appeared in more than 300 gay publications in 36 countries.
Rex produces a weekly 1,000-word roundup of gay news from outside the USA, a weekly 700-word opinion column called The Wockner Wire, and a biweekly roundup of gay quotables called Quote Unquote.
Highlights of Wockner's gay news career include going to Denmark the day it first allowed gay "marriage" in 1989, covering the world's first full gay marriages in The Netherlands in April 2001, reporting from the first gay-pride events in Moscow and Leningrad in 1991, traveling to the International Lesbian and Gay Association world conferences and the International AIDS Conferences, winning various Freedom of Information Act requests, and making early contact with emerging gay movements in the former East Bloc and developing nations.
In the U.S., Rex has filed stories from the Democratic Convention, the Republican Convention, Creating Change, the NLGJA conference, the SexPanic! Summit, the GLAAD Awards, Equality Begins At Home, the National Gay Men's Health Summit, International Mr. Leather and major ACT UP demonstrations.
Rex lives in San Diego, California. He is at present (2012) on an extended sabbatical.