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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bill Knight  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1949 in Keokuk, Iowa

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Illinois Connection

Knight is a graduate of Carthage High School in Illinois, Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois-Springfield. He currently resides in Elmwood, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bill Knight is a retired Journalism professor from Western Illinois University. He taught journalism for more than 20 years at the university, all the while remaining an award-winning active columnist, radio commentator and author. He writes twice-weekly columns for newspapers in Pekin, Peoria, Monmouth, Galesburg, Kewanee and Macomb. He is an author, has edited ''Rick Johnson Rader: Tin Cans, Squeems & Thudpies'' and ''Horse Shoe Bottoms'' and is a featured weekly commentator on Western's Tri States Public Radio.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Fair Comment: Essays on the Air
ISBN: 0962461385

Mayfly Productions. 1999

In more than 100 essays from Midwestern publications and airwaves, where they've been featured for more than 14 years, award-winning journalist Bill Knight writes about labor and baseball, war and religion, corporations and the press, rural life and family.

Video Almanac
ISBN: 0962461393

Mayfly Productions. 2003

Video Almanac is a 112-page trade paperback described as a "do-it-yourself film festival guide for home viewers [with] hundreds of capsule reviews for dozens of themes -- for every week of every year." From films about Labor to Boxing movies, Medical Dramas to Shakespeare, the '60s, the Olympics and Farmers and much more, the book's themes tie in with Knight's weekly radio features on central Illinois radio but are universal for any fan of movies.

Naked Came the Farmer
ISBN: 0962461377

Mayfly Productions. 1998

"A human head crashes through a window. A naked woman zooms by on a motorcycle. A sleazy lawmaker gets an arrow in the back. "That's life in central Illinois--or at least the twisted version of central Illinois concocted by 13 writers collaborating on a tongue-in-cheek mystery." So writes Christopher Wills of the Associated Press in his recent article covering the new serial book, NAKED CAME THE FARMER. Building on the success of NAKED CAME THE STRANGER--a collaborative effort of 20 Newsday staffers back in 1969--and on the success of NAKED CAME THE MANATEE--a suspense thriller cooked up by 13 Miami-based writers in 1995--now comes NAKED CAME THE FARMER, a satirical, round-robin murder mystery drawing on the talents of some of Illinois' top writers.

Eye of the Reporter
ISBN: 0934312095

Western Illinois Univ. 1997

R.F.D. notebook
ISBN: 0962461334

Mayfly Productions. 1994

R.F.D. journal
ISBN: 0962461326

Mayfly Productions. 1993

Book by Bill Knight

ISBN: 0962461318

Mayfly Productions. 1992

Book by Bill Knight



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