I've been writing professionally for nearly 40 years, including news feature writing for the Peoria Journal Star, Berkeley Gazette and Contra Costa Independent. I've also been an investigative reporter for The Chicago Reporter and freelanced stories to Chicago magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Reader. My debut book, Ragged Run, a madcap memoir about survival and perseverance, will be published by Mascot Books in early 2019.