Rob Warden

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General Information

Name: Rob Warden

Pen Name: None

Born: 1940 in Carthage, Missouri



Illinois Connection

Warden lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rob Warden, an award winning legal affairs journalist and, editor and publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine during the 1980's, is Executive Director of the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University.

Before founding Chicago Lawyer in 1978, Mr. Warden was an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at the Chicago Daily News. Since the Chicago Lawyer changed ownership in 1989, Mr. Warden has worked as a political issues consultant, executive officer of the Cook County States Attorney's Office, and consultant to various law firms and the litigation department of General Electric Medical Systems.

Mr. Warden is the author or co-author of hundreds of articles and five books, including two books about wrongful convictions written in collaboration with Northwestern University Journalism Professor David Protess - A Promise of Justice and Gone in the Night.

Mr. Warden has won more than 50 journalism awards, including the Medill School of Journalism's John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, two American Civil Liberties Union James McGuire Awards, five Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Norval Morris Award from the Illinois Academy of Criminology. In 2004, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

Published Works

  • Gone in the Night: The Dowaliby Family's Encounter with Murder and the Law, Delacorte, 1993
  • A Promise of Justice: The Eighteen-Year Fight to Save Four Innocent Men, Hyperion, 1998
  • Wilkie Collins's The Dead Alive: The Novel, the Case, and Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University Press, 2005
  • True Stories of False Confessions, Northwestern University PRess, 2009

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Gone in the Night

ISBN: 044021243X
Release Date: 1994-05-01

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Wilkie Collins's The Dead Alive: The Novel, the Case, and Wrongful Convictions

ISBN: 0810122944
Release Date: 2005-12-07

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Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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