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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Walt Harrington  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1950 in Will County, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Walt was born in Will county and currently resides in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Walt Harrington is head of the journalism department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Along with the books he has written, he has also edited ''The Beholder's Eye: A Collection of America's Finest Personal Journalism'', ''Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists'' and ''Slices of Life.'' Harrington was a staff writer for the ''Washington Post Magazine'' for 15 years, and is the winner of twenty local, state and national journalism awards. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer several times.

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-- *Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award *Two National Association of Black Journalists writing Awards *Northwestern University's John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Journalism *Three national Sunday magazine writing awards *Lowell Mellett Award for improving journalism through critical evaluation *Gustavus Myers Award for the study of human rights in the United States for ''Crossings'', chronicle of Harrington's 25,000 milejourney through black America. *Walt was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.