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General Information

Name:  Wayne Klatt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wayne is a life long Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wayne Klatt graduated from Lane Technical High School and the University of Illinois, where his major was communications (newspaper writing, advertising, radio-TV production) and my minors were history and psychology. He was a reporter and editor at the former City News Bureau/City News Service from 1962 ro 2005, when it folded. His interests are in the criminal justice system, history, movies, classical music and opera, and European literature. In addition to his own writing, he helps others write factual manuscripts.

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Titles At Your Library

Chicago Journalism: A History
ISBN: 078644181X

McFarland. 2009

This history of Chicago journalism is framed against the larger landscape of American media and the ways in which technology and mergers have altered news gathering and presenting, and it considers daily operations at the newspapers and broadcast stations to demonstrate how they have changed with the times. Audience tastes and interests ran a parallel course with technology, a sharp decline in print readership, competition in television news, and the explosion of the Internet.

King of the Gold Coast:: Cap'n Streeter, the Millionaires and the Story of Lake Shore Drive
ISBN: 1609493206

The History Press. 2011

Chicago's breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, with its beaches and luxury homes, has its origin in a neglected marsh and a clandestine land development. Meet the uncrowned king of the disputed shore, George Wellington Streeter, the outlandish swindler, unlikely hero and self-proclaimed founder of the Gold Coast who tried to secede from the state of Illinois. Opposing him was the quiet vision of Potter Palmer and the full weight of his investment syndicate. With this keen piece of investigative history, Wayne Klatt uncovers the secrets that both sides of the conflict managed to keep in spite of lawsuits, state inquiries, a presidential forgery and two murder trials.

Freed to Kill: The True Story of Serial Murderer Larry Eyler
ISBN: 0380715465

Avon Books. 1992

An account of the murdering spree of Larry Eyler, who kidnapped, tortured, and killed at least twenty-three young men, describes how Eyler managed to evade capture for three years, his apprehension, and his release on a technicality. Reprint.

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