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Name:  John Cramer  

Pen Name: John E. Cramer

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: in Farmer City, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Cramer was born in Farmer City, graduated from Northwestern University, lived in Chicago and worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

The late John E. Cramer was born in Farmer City, Illinois. He joined the Navy in 1940 and on December 7, 1941, he was stationed at Ford Island Naval Air Station in Pearl Harbor. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State Teacher College (now University of Central Arkansas) where he got his first job in broadcasting. He received his M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he worked at ABC News in Chicago as a newswriter-editor. After a few years in radio, he accepted a position at Arkansas State College (now AR State University) and was hired to prepare an FCC application for a college-owned Educational Radio Station, and to establish a curriculum in Radio News. While there, he met several published authors who taught at the university. His next move took him to the University of Illinois as News Director for WILL-AM radio and as a teacher of radio courses. After twenty years, he returned to Arkansas and taught radio and TV News courses.

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