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Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Teacher
Location Joplin, Missouri, United States
Introduction I am a former teacher in the Joplin and Diamond, Missouri, school districts. Before entering the teaching field, I spent 22 years as a reporter and editor for various Southwest Missouri newspapers. I have published three novels, Small Town News, Devil's Messenger, and No Child Left Alive, and seven non-fiction books, The Turner Report, Newspaper Days, Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado, 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado, Scars from the Tornado and Let Teachers Teach.
Interests Teaching, journalism, writing fiction, including three novels, No Child Left Alive, " "Devil's Messenger" and "Small Town News, " reading, writing non-fiction, and singing with the band, Natural Disaster.
Favorite Movies Casablanca, All the President's Men, To Sir With Love, the 1957 Teacher's Pet, anything with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn or Sidney Poitier.
Favorite Music Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, Elvis, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Righteous Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Marty Robbins
Favorite Books All the President's Men, The Powers that Be, To Kill a Mockingbird, Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Portrait of Jennie