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MFA-WRITING Spalding University


BA-JOURNALISM University of Kentucky





  • Best of Gannett, 2008
  • Column-writing, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, 2008
  • Peter J. Lisagor Award for newswriting, Chicago Headline Club, 2003
  • Best Newspaper Writing 2000 inclusion for “detail-driven reporting and spellbinding writing”
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors writing award, national finalist, 2000
  • Jones-Beck Award for best writer at Chicago Tribune, 2000
  • Best story series, Society of Professional Journalists Queen City Chapter, 1997
  • Public-service journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, 1997
  • Best personality profile, SPJ Queen City Chapter, 1997
  • Best columns, Associated Press Society of Ohio, 1997
  • Kentucky’s Best Columnist, Kentucky Press Association, 1996
  • KPA awards for feature and news writing, investigative journalism, numerous others, 1986-1994
  • Landmark Community Newspaper awards for feature and news writing, 1985



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"Before I became a professor, I was a journalist for 10,000 afternoons. That's 27 years, but I think of its as afternoons, strung like beads.  Because it was as the little hand slid down the right side of the clockthat I could feel deadline closing in."