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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: Champaign, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Geist was born and raised in Champaign. He also graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bill Geist began his career as a reporter and columnist for the Suburban Trib and later became a New York Times columnist. He has since gone on to become a New York Times bestselling author and a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, retiring in 2018 after 31 years.

Geist has won six Emmys and in 2011 was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the hundreds of "singular, informative, entertaining" pieces he has did while at CBS. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a combat photographer in Vietnam in 1969 and was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2020.

He currently lives in Greenwich and New York City.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America"""

-- *New York Times Bestseller, 2019