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General Information

Name:  Steve Neal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: Born:1950 in Coos Bay, Oregon


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*A longtime political columnist for the ''Chicago Sun Times''

Biographical and Professional Information

Neal was a world-renowned journalist and political historian. He has been a political columnist for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' since 1987. He studied at the University of Oregon and was a graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism. During his career, Neal served as a byline reporter and columnist for the ''Oregon Journal'', the ''Philadelphia Inquirer'' and the'' Chicago Tribune'', rising to the level of White House correspondent for the ''Tribune''. From 1987 until his death in 2004, he worked with the ''Chicago Sun-Times'', writing a frequent political column for their editorial page.His hero was Abraham Lincoln, and he campaigned for public support to transfer Lincoln's papers and memorabilia to a scholarly, nonpolitical library and museum that would serve as a focus for public education of the life of the 16th President of the United States. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library opened to the public in 2005. In honor of Neal's work and advocacy for the creation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the library's reading room was named after him and the published collection of materials owned by Neal was donated to the library. It consisted of 1,950 books alone. Read more about the "Steve Neal Reading Room" on the [ Abraham Lincoln Presential Library & Museum website].

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-- *''Wall Street Journal`s'' Critic`s Choice award *Three Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee