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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel P. Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1980 in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Smith is a native Chicagoan. He lives in Woodridge and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel P. Smith is an award-winning, nationally published journalist and noted speaker. He left his second career as a high school English teacher in 2004 to pursue writing. Less than five months later, Smith teamed with Chicago-based Lake Claremont Press to write ''On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department.'' The book was inspired by his roots in a Chicago Police family. In August 2007, he appeared on the History Channel's Our Generation series discussing the 1968 Democratic National Convention and Chicago Police response. He is presently working with photographer and fellow Chicagoan Brian Palm on a project sharing the stories and images of Chicago's disappearing buildings. Smith has also appeared on WGN-TV, Chicago Public Radio, Fox News and WGN Radio. His byline has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Catholic New World, USA Cycling, and host of other publications. A 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was an accomplished track and field athlete, Smith lives in the Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Smith is a noted speaker who has brought his compelling programs to schools, libraries, universities, association and private groups. His programs include *''On the Job Program'' - shares never-before-told stories of the tolls the job exacts on the officers and the personal experiences that led him to write the book. *Nonfiction writing seminars and workshops for students for high school and college students. *The use of nonfiction lit in writing crime and mystery fiction. *A multi-media presentation on the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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