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I am an author, former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where I was also the Dean of the College of Media.

My award-winning book, The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, is the second in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels. In September 2016 it won 2016 New Apple Summer E-Book Award in the Action/Adventure Category and was one of five finalists in the U.K.’s Diamond Book Awards.

In addition to the Finding Billy Battles trilogy, I am the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard the Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist's Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.

During my career as a foreign correspondent I lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America where I covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975; the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing; the war in Afghanistan; and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala.

My work as a correspondent was rewarded with several awards, including three Pulitzer nominations; the Inter-American Press Association's Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards.

I served 3-1/2 years active duty with the U.S. Army Security Agency in Germany, where I was worked in communication intelligence (SIGINTEL). I am a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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