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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dennis Byrne  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Byrne is a life-long Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dennis Byrne is a Chicago journalist, freelance writer and editor. At the age of 70, he published his first book, the historical novel, "Madness: The War of 1812." He learned his craft at the "writer's newspaper," the Chicago Daily News where he variously served as general assignment reporter, urban affairs writer and assistant financial editor. Next came the Chicago Sun-Times, where he, at one time or another, was a columnist, editorial board member, transportation reporter, science and technology writer and special projects reporter. After he started freelancing, he continued writing his column for the Chicago Tribune. Not many journalists have had the honor of working at all three major dailies, but he is glad to be accounted among such greats as columnist Mike Royko.


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Awards

-- '''''Madness: The War of 1812''''' -- *Best General Fiction Book, Great Midwest Book Festival, 2013