image from the jacket of The Man Who Emptied Death Row: Governor George Ryan and the Politics of Crime
After covering national politics since the 1976 presidential campaign
as a newspaperman, I went freelance in 1995. As an editor, I have
handled everything from one-minute movie reviews to academic monographs.
As a writer, I have authored five books and countless articles.
Also, I do media consulting for a variety of private- and public-sector
I was graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and worked
as the political editor, political columnist, and city editor for
the Chicago Sun-Times and the Atlanta Constitution.
I am the immediate past president of the Society of Midland Authors.
At Northwestern University and at Ohio State University, where I
was the James Thurber Writer in Residence, I have taught journalism
at the graduate level.
Below is a recent profile that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times.