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Pen Name: Dan Verdun

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction


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Verdun grew up in Odell and attended Eastern Illinois University. He currently lives in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Verdun earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and history at Eastern Illinois University. While there, he served as the sports editor for the university's daily newspaper, Verdun covered nearly every intercollegiate sport on campus. In addition, he covered teams led by future New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and future All-Stars Kevin Duckworth in basketball and Kevin Seitzer in baseball. Verdun won a number of awards for sports writing, including placing in the William Randolph Hearst Collegiate Awards (the first in EIU history). Later, he worked in the sports information office. Verdun holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. He has taught language arts and social studies for nearly 30 years. In addition, Verdun has written for various newspapers, and Currently, he teaches in Naperville District 204 where he lives.

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