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Name:  David Cowan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: Chicago


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Born in and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Cowan was born in Chicago in 1963. He co-authored, with John Kuenster, the critically acclaimed book about the Our Lady of the Angels school fire, To Sleep With the Angels: The Story of a Fire (1996, Ivan R. Dee). The authors' investigative journalism for the book yielded answers to many lingering questions about the deadly elementary school tragedy and helped heal a Chicago community devastated by the loss of 92 children and three nuns.A U.S. Air Force veteran, former award-winning newspaper reporter, firefighters' union organizer, and longtime Chicago-area firefighter, Cowan holds degrees in journalism and political science from Southern Illinois University. Now an independent journalist, Mr. Cowan has written for major newspapers and maga¬zines and has appeared in numerous television documentaries about historic fires. He still resides in Chicago.

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