Walt Harrington

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General Information

Name: Walt Harrington

Pen Name: None

Genre: Adult, Non-fiction

Born: 1950 in Will County, Illinois

Website: waltharrington.com

Email: wharring@uiuc.edu

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.

Published Works

  • American Profiles, Somebodies and Nobodies Who Matter, University of Missouri Press, 1992
  • Crossings, A White Man`s Journey into Black America, Harper Collins, 1993
  • At the Heart of It, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, University of Missouri Press, 1996
  • Intimate Journalism, The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, Sage Publications, 1997
  • The Everlasting Stream, A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship and Family, Grove Press, 2004
  • Acts of Creation: America’s Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work, Sager Group, 2014

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

American Profiles: Somebodies and Nobodies Who Matter

ISBN: 0826208398
Release Date: 1992-05-01

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Crossings: A White Man's Journey Into Black America

ISBN: 082621259X
Release Date: 1999-10-13

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At the Heart of It: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

ISBN: 0826210783
Release Date: 1996-09-01

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Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life

ISBN: 0761905863
Release Date: 1997-03-28

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The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family

ISBN: 0802140505
Release Date: 2004-01-14

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Literary Awards

  • 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.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Walt Harrington on WorldCat

Walt Harrington on Amazon


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