Mike Campbell, a former active-duty Navy journalist and civilian public affairs officer, retired from federal service in 2008. After meeting Thomas E. Devine, author of the 1987 classic, "Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident," the two began a 14-year correspondence that culminated in "With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart." "With Our Own Eyes" was the first book to present the first-person accounts of 26 Saipan veterans whose experiences in the summer of 1944 corroborated Devine's, and firmly established the prewar presence and deaths of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, in Japanese captivity on Saipan.
In 2005 Campbell co-wrote "The Atchison Report," a comprehensive debunking of the notorious Amelia Earhart-as-Irene Bolam theory, originally presented in the infamous 1970 book, "Amelia Earhart Lives." The report was distributed to researchers at the 2005 Amelia Earhart Festival, at Atchison, Kansas, Earhart's birthplace. He lives in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife and his cats.