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Name:  Tom Frisbie  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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He has a degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently resides in a Chicago suburb.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thomas Frisbie has been an award-winning longtime writer and editor for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' since 1976. During this time, he has been an investigative reporter, copy editor, section editor, columnist, page designer, illustrator, news editor and nation/world editor. As a reporter covering the courts, he followed the Rolando Cruz case for many years.From 1985 to 2001, he was editor of the the ''Sun-Times Education Guide'', a section covering higher education that appeared six times a year. He also was news editor of the ''Sun-Times''' afternoon edition, the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' Final Markets from 1995-2005, and now is editor of the downloadable ''Chicago Sun-Times P.M.'' edition.In 1998, he co-authored with Randy Garrett ''Victims of Justice'', a book about the DuPage County case in which Rolando Cruz and Alejandro Hernandez were sentenced to death for the 1983 murder of Jeanine Nicarico only to be freed ten years later. An expanded and updated edition, ''Victims of Justice Revisited'', was published by Northwestern University Press in 2005.Before joining the ''Sun-Times'', Frisbie worked at Pioneer Press from 1974 to 1976.He has a degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a past-president of the Society of Midland Authors.


Jacob Scher Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting from Women in Communications for a series of stories on insurance fraud at the state's biggest driving school, which was shut down by the state of Illinois after the articles appeared - 1978 One of a team of reporters that won an award from United Press International for breaking-news coverage of a 1979 crash of a DC-10 passenger jet at O'Hare Airport and a separate award for a later report on the failure of the public-safety communications networks on the day of the crash. Finalist for the Peter Lisagor Award given by the Chicago Headline Club for reports on judges who made rulings in cases in which it turned out one side was represented by the judges' campaign managers and on the open selling of illegal drugs in the Cook County Forest Preserves.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Victims of justice /
ISBN: 038079845X. OCLC Number: 40110897

Avon Books,. .

Victims of justice, revisited /
ISBN: 0810122367. OCLC Number: 56481856

Northwestern University Press,. .

"Perhaps no legal case has done more to fuel America's debate over the death penalty than Illinois's prosecution and conviction of Rolando Cruz. This updated and significantly expanded edition of Victims of Justice tells the story of Cruz and his two codefendants, Alejandro Hernandez and Stephen Buckley, after the 1983 murder of ten-year-old Jeanine Nicarico. The book follows the story from the day of the crime to the ground breaking trial of seven law officers accused of conspiring to deny Cruz a fair trial.".