Nicholas graduated from the USC School of Journalism in the winter of 1947, and was hired by United Press as a reporter in Hawaii during 1948 and 1949.

He worked in Honolulu at the Honolulu Advertiser Building under the aegis of the Twigg-Smith Family, publishers of the Advertiser. He became a labor reporter at a time when the transportation to and from Hawaii was shut down by a longshoremen’s strike under the leadership of Harry Bridges. Nicholas covered Bridges and Gus Hall, Chairman of the Communist Party in Honolulu during the strike. He left for law school in Chicago in 1950.

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