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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mervin Block  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Rewriting network news :
ISBN: 0929387155. OCLC Number:

Bonus Books,. Chicago :. ©1990.

Writing broadcast news :
ISBN: 1608714179. OCLC Number:

CQ Press,. Washington, D.C. :. 2011.

"Mervin Block offers timeless advice, guiding both new and seasoned professionals thorough the essentials of writing for the ear. Initially written for working newspeople, this book is now widely accepted as the professional handbook for broadcast newswriters, editors, producers, anchors and news directors. Interns, too."--[book cover].

Writing news for tv and radio :
ISBN: 1608714217. OCLC Number:

CQ Press,. Washington, D.C. :. [2010]

Broadcast newswriting :
ISBN: 1608714160. OCLC Number:

CQ Press,. Washington, DC :. 2012.

Weighing anchors :
ISBN: 1936863391. OCLC Number:

Marion Street Press,. Portland, Or. :. ©2012.

Speaking Engagements

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