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I am a veteran journalist and author of the award-winning true crime memoir, Luggage By Kroger. During a forty-year career as a newspaper and magazine journalist, I have covered crime, courts and legal affairs for multiple publications, including The Houston Post, The National Law Journal and Time Magazine. I began my career after graduation from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, where I won the Walter Williams Award as the outstanding writer in the class of 1969. As a newspaper reporter, I was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize on a series of stories that freed an aging convict from prison and I won the Texas UPI Enterprise reporting award for stories exposing police corruption. As a freelance journalist from 1980-1997, I expanded my expertise to business writing, sports and larger general interest stories. Since 1997 I have specialized in business reporting as a staffer for trade publications covering the chemical and oil industries.
In 2008 I finally had the time to write a true crime memoir about the dramatic events that created a life-defining moment while working as the criminal courts reporter for The Houston Post in 1979. The result has been my award-winning book, Luggage By Kroger. It has been honored with a 2009 Silver Medal for true crime books by the IPPYs, a 2008 Bronze Medal for true crime from ForeWord Magazine and was 2009 Runner-Up in the true crime division of the National Indie Excellence Awards. It also was named a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book-of-the-Year Award.