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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rob Warden  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1940 in Carthage, Missouri

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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Gone in the night :
ISBN: 044021243X. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. [1994], ©1993.

The Dowaliby family's encounter with murder and the law.

A promise of justice /
ISBN: 0786862947. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©1998.

Four African American men were tried and convicted in the 1978 murder of a white couple in suburban Chicago, but investigative journalists David Protess and Rob Warden believed in the men's innocence. After gathering new evidence, they were able to secure the release of the Ford Heights Four in 1996 and bring the true killers to trial.

Wilkie Collins's The dead alive :
ISBN: 0810122944. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. ©2005.

"In the United States on a book tour in 1873, Wilkie Collins, a popular British novelist of the era, read about the case of Jesse and Stephen Boorn, who were convicted of and sentenced to death for the murder of their brother-in-law in 1819 and exonerated the following year. Upon his return to England, Collins wrote The Dead Alive, arguably the world's original legal thriller and the first novel known to have been inspired by a documented wrongful conviction, itself the first on record in.

True stories of false confessions /
ISBN: 0810126036. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2009.

Collects thirty-eight articles describing how innocent men and women have been coerced into confessing to crimes they did not commit, revealing the questionable methods police officers use to get confessions from suspects.



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