George M. Baucum worked as a Texas law enforcement officer and college professor until he retired in 1995 to spend time writing mystery and crime novels. He lives in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Ralph D. Berenger (Doctor of Arts, Idaho State University) is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international communication, ethics, media management and communication theory. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and has delivered papers at several international communications organizations. He has more than 30 years of professional experience as a newspaper and magazine reporter, editor, publisher and international consultant. In addition to the United States, he has lived and worked in Bolivia, St. Lucia, Kenya , Zambia and Egypt.
R. Thomas Berner is professor emeritus of journalism and American studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he taught reporting, writing and copyediting courses for more 28 years. He lives in New Mexico and currently teaches an online communication course and continues to do freelance writing and editing. He has written seven books, including The Literature of Journalism: Text and Context. He was a 1994 and 2005 Fulbright lecturer in China and has published op-ed pieces on China in, among others, the Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times.
Walter M. Brasch (Ph.D. Ohio University) is an award-winning syndicated columnist, author of 15 books, and professor of journalism and mass communications at Bloomsburg University. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor and multimedia writer-producer.
C. W. Burbank is the grandson of Armenian refugees and an itinerant Free Methodist minister. He grew up in Seattle during the 1950s and 1960s and became a welfare worker during the 1980s. He is author of Welfare and the Ideology of Power, a book that gained national acclaim. Beyond Zenke’s Gate is inspired in part by stories his grandmother told him as a youth. He lives and works in Spokane, Washington.
Stephen D. Cooper (Ph.D. Rutgers) is associate professor of communication studies at Marshall University, where he teaches courses in media and society, business and professional communication, computer-mediated communication, and group communication. He is author or coauthor of articles published in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Review of Communication, The Kentucky Journal of Communication, The American Communication Journal, and The New Jersey Journal of Communication.
John W. Cones is a securities and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles, where he advises clients who produce independent feature films, videos, television shows and plays. He has written eight other books on Hollywood and lectures frequently on film finance and distribution.
Tim Connor is a Spokane-based journalist and environmentalist best known for his award-winning investigative reporting on Spokane's River Park Square and Hanford's plutonium factories. He has a wife and two children, a small dog, and carries a small Nikon along with the Taylormade driver and the Tommy Armour irons in his golf bag. He lives in west Spokane, about five full strokes away from the 18th tee box at Indian Canyon. He was born in Camp Hanford, Wash., and is a 1979 Journalism graduate from Washington State University.
Melvin L. DeFleur (Ph.D. University of Washington) is a distinguished professor of mass communication at Louisiana State University. Prior to that he was an administrator and professor at Boston University and he held the John Ben Snow endowed chair in mass communication at Syracuse University. Dr. DeFleur is one of the most recognized names in the field of mass communication. He has written numerous books and articles and has received many awards. He twice was a Fulbright Professor to Argentina and has received grants from the National Science Foundation and other federal and private agencies. Dr. DeFleur served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, participating in invasions against Japanese forces on Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima.
Margaret H. DeFleur (Ph.D. Syracuse University) is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, where she teaches courses in research methods and mass communication theory. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s School of Public Health and has served on scientific review committees for the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. She currently is director of Boston University’s graduate degree program in Health Communication. She is author of three books and several articles. Her research interests include computer-assisted reporting and recall and comprehension of news information.
David Demers (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is associate professor of communication at Washington State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mass media theory and research, journalism and media history. He is author, coauthor or editor of 12 books, including Global Media: Menace or Messiah? (Hampton Press, 2002, revised edition), The Menace of the Corporate Newspaper: Fact or Fiction? (Iowa State University Press, 1996), Global Media News Reader (Marquette Books, 2002), and An Interpretive Introduction to Mass Communication (Allyn & Bacon, 2004). His research on corporate media structure has earned five awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He also is editor of Marquette Books LLC, which has no affiliation with or connection to Washington State University. (Note: WSU and its officials do not support or endorse any of the comments or actions of Marquette Books or its publisher.)
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Ray Edwards writes fiction and lives in the Inland Northwest with his wife Lynn, son Sean, and their three dogs: Scooter, Rollo Tamasi, and Eleanor Parker. Visit his Web site by clicking on his image.
Jami Fullerton (Ph.D. University of North Texas) is an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, where she teaches advertising and mass communication research and theory. Dr. Fullerton, who is the recipient of one State Department grant and a participant in two others, often spends her summers abroad teaching and conducting research on cross-cultural communication and media globalization. The OSU College of Arts and Sciences named her an outstanding researcher in 2001.
Adalgiza Gebhart is an author and illustrator of children's books. She was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and won three writing contests during her elementary and teenage years. She graduated from the colegio Liceo Benalcazar (Colombia) and also studied music composition at Roosevelt University and Chicago Musical College, animation at Columbia College, and Spanish dancing at North Eastern Illinois University. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband and two children.
Ronald E. Goetz was divisional editor of an in-house industrial magazine at a major oil company before he retired to devote more time to writing. He has published numerous short articles for Christian and sporting magazines and newspapers, and spent three years researching Billy the Kid for this book. He lives in Comanche, Oklahoma, with his wife. He has four grown children.
Bill W. Hornaday (M.J. University of North Texas) is a business reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. During the past 15 years, he also worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Indianapolis Star. Hornaday has won numerous state and national reporting awards and is best known for his extensive reportage in 2002 and 2003 of the bankruptcy of Conseco Inc., the third-largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Alice Kendrick (Ph.D. University of Tennessee) is professor in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University. She has written more than 30 refereed research publications, numerous industry reports, and Successful Advertising Research Methods (with Jack Haskins). She has served on the National Advertising Review Board, the research committee of the American Academy of Advertising, and the board of directors of the American Advertising Federation and Dallas Ad League.
Mitchell Land ( Ph.D. University of Texas) serves as director of the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton and is founder of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest. His research has been published in the Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, African Urban and Rural Studies, Judicature, the Business Research Yearbook, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and African Technology Forum. He also is a contributor to John Merrill and Arnold S. de Beer’s Global Journalism and is author of "Status of Media in French-Speaking West Africa" (published in the Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications).
Glenn Leitz graduated from Washington State College (now called Washinton State University) with a degree in agriculture in 1952. He served two years in the Army before returning home to take up a career in farming. After retiring, Glenn began to pursue an interest in the area’s pioneer history and became active in a number of historical organizations. He currently is president of the Southeast Spokane County Historical Society. Glenn has researched and written about local history and has written stories for a number of regional historical publications. He also is author of two other books: Spring Valley: Its History and A History of Waverly.
Paul J. Lindholdt (Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, 1985), is associate professor of English at Eastern Washington University, where he teaches courses in American literature, composition, and environmental literature. Dr. Lindholdt has published more than 150 book chapters, journal articles, essays, columns, reviews and poems, and has given more than 100 invited lectures, conference papers and readings on American studies and American literature. His current book projects include the collection Treading Common Ground: Place and Self in the American West (forthcoming from Eastern Washington University Press) and a scholarly edition of the Pacific Northwest travel narrative by Theodore Winthrop, The Canoe and the Saddle (1863). His recent book projects include the collection Holding Common Ground: Place and Self in the American West (Eastern Washington University Press, 2005, https://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/LINHOL.html and a critical edition of the Pacific Northwest travel narrative by Theodore Winthrop, The Canoe and the Saddle (University of Nebraska Press, 2006, http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/bookinfo/5094.html). Dr. Lindholdt may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles J. Merrill is a faculty member at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he teaches European languages and medieval studies. He is a graduate of Dartmouth (summa cum laude) and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He is currently writing a book on Columbus, and in 2004 went to Europe to participate in a Discovery Channel documentary on Columbus.
John C. Merrill is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During 2003-2004 he was professor of journalism at the American University in Cairo. He has a half-century of university teaching and newspaper work, and has written some 30 books in the field, including Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems (2004), which he edited with Arnold deBeer of South Africa.
Wayne Pace is a Senior Partner in WPC & Associates, a management development consulting firm with offices in Singapore and St. George, Utah. He is also professor emeritus of organizational leadership in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and has been an adjunct professor in the School of Social and Workplace Development at Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia. Dr. Pace is author or coauthor of more than 100 articles and nearly two dozen books, including Organizational Dynamism: Unleashing Power in the Workforce; Powerful Leadership: How to Unleash the Potential in Others and Simplify Your Own Life (with Eric Stephen); Training Across Multiple Locations; Organizational Communication; Human Resource Development: The Field; and Techniques for Effective Communication. Dr. Pace has consulted with and conducted management development activities with dozens of agencies and companies.
Tomasz Pludowski, Ph.D., is a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Communication at Stanford University (2006-2007 academic year). He specializes in American Political Communication, Media Theory and International Media. He is editor of the Polish Edition of Global Media Journal, published online by the Collegium Civitas, Warsaw. He is author, co-author or editor of American Politics, Media, and Elections (Adam Marszalek, 2005), Global Media Reactions to 9/11 (forthcoming by Marquette Books), The Media and International Communication (Peter Lang, 2007), and more than two dozen chapters, articles, and reviews published in English and Polish. He has studied in Poland, Finland, the Netherlands, and the United States and taught college-level courses or conducted research in the Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, and Poland.
Joey Reagan (Ph.D. Mass Media, Michigan State University) is a professor in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where he teaches communication technologies and research methods. He is author or coauthor of more than 60 publications, papers and reports that have appeared in scholarly communication journals and media industry publications. For the past 25 years he also has been a consultant for media, health and governmental organizations. His latest book is Communication Research Primer: Measuring and Evaluating Organizational Communication, which was published by the International Association of Business Communicators.
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Dan Robison has been writing fiction about Native American and Hawaiian cultures for many years. He studied Native American Spirituality under The Rev. Roy Wilson, who is the traditional spiritual leader of the Cowlitz Indian Nation. He also has made numerous trips to Hawaii to study Hawaiian culture. Dan ("Dancing Elk Child") lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and two cats.
Tonya Holmes Shook was born in Oklahoma and lived in New Mexico and Texas before returning to Oklahoma in 1985. She is author of Displaced Cherokee: Come Home, Come Home, a book documentary that took First Place in the 1986 Open Class Category at the Oklahoma State Fair. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries also endorsed the book. In addition to writing books, Tonya is an accomplished artist, poet and short story writer. Many of her works have Christian themes. A profile of Ms. Holmes Shook is available at http://www.lzangel.com/AAA/tonya_holmes_shook.htm
Eric Stephan is professor emeritus of organizational leadership and strategy at Brigham Young University. He is coauthor of numerous books, including Powerful Leadership: How to Unleash the Potential in Others and Simplify Your Own Life (with Wayne Pace), What Happy Families are Doing, The Perfect Leader, Me Mum Sez: Outrageous Truths About Life & People, Quiz Me, To Lead as Jesus Led, Listening for Understanding, Creative Problem Solving, and How Do you Rate With the Opposite Sex? He has delivered hundreds of lectures and seminars to business and civic groups on the subject of success and happiness, being overworked and overwhelmed.
Phil Tichenor is a professor emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication and Rural Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where he was co-author of numerous studies of the community press.
Larry Whitesitt has had a passion for airplanes and flying since he was a boy. He was born in 1938 in Spokane, Washington. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy on the oil tanker U.S.S. Hassayampa AO-145 in the late 1950s, he married, had a son, and learned to fly. He moved to Canada in 1964 with his family. His dream was to build a cabin and live off the land in the wilderness. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a bush pilot in British Columbia, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories in Canada. His first book, Flight of the Red Beaver, was published in 1990. The book recounts his adventures flying de Havilland Beaver float planes and ski planes. He now lives in Fairfield, Washington, near Spokane. He is semi-retired and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and flying with his three grandchildren. He is currently writing a novel about a bush pilot in the Yukon in the 1940s and 1950s.