Mervin Block

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General Information

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Name: Mervin Block

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

The author was a newsreporter and editor in Chicago and a former new producer at WBBM Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mervin Block is a broadcast writing coach and author. He has written news at three television networks: as a staff writer for the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" and the "ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds" and as a freelance at NBC News.

He has written news for Ed Bradley, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Douglas Edwards, Charles Kuralt, Roger Mudd, Edwin Newman, Charles Osgood, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner, Frank Reynolds, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Robert Trout and Mike Wallace.

Block teaches newswriting workshops at TV and radio newsrooms around the country.

Published Works

  • Rewriting Network News:..., Bonus Books, 1990
  • Writing Broadcast News Shorter, Sharper, Stronger: A Professional Handbook, CQ Press , 2010
  • Writing News for TC & Radio: The New Way To Learn Broadcasting, CQ Press, 2010
  • Broadcast Newswriting: The RTNDA Reference Guide, CQ Press, 2011
  • Weighing Anchors: When Network Newscasters Don't Know Write from Wrong," Marion Street Press, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Rewriting Network News: Wordwatching Tips from 345 TV and Radio Scripts

ISBN: 0929387155
Release Date: 1990-05

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Writing Broadcast News Shorter, Sharper, Stronger: A Professional Handbook

ISBN: 1608714179
Release Date: 2010-11-30

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Writing News for TV and Radio: The New Way to Learn Broadcast Newswriting

ISBN: 1608714217
Release Date: 2010-09-17

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Broadcast Newswriting: The RTDNA Reference Guide, A Manual for Professionals

ISBN: 1608714160
Release Date: 2011-07-01

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Weighing Anchors: When Network Newscasters Don't Know Write from Wrong

ISBN: 1936863391
Release Date: 2012-09-26

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Mervin Block on WorldCat

Mervin Block on Amazon


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