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Rob Warden

Born: 1940 in Carthage, Missouri
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Warden lives and works in Chicago.

Biography: Rob Warden, an award winning legal affairs journalist and, editor and publisher of ''Chicago Lawyer'' magazine during the 1980's, is Executive Director of the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University. Before founding Chicago Lawyer in 1978, Mr. Warden was an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at the ''Chicago Daily News''. Since the ''Chicago Lawyer'' changed ownership in 1989, Mr. Warden has worked as a political issues consultant, executive officer of the Cook County States Attorney's Office, and consultant to various law firms and the litigation department of General Electric Medical Systems.Mr. Warden is the author or co-author of hundreds of articles and five books, including two books about wrongful convictions written in collaboration with Northwestern University Journalism Professor David Protess - ''A Promise of Justice'' and ''Gone in the Night''. Mr. Warden has won more than 50 journalism awards, including the Medill School of Journalism's John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, two American Civil Liberties Union James McGuire Awards, five Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Norval Morris Award from the Illinois Academy of Criminology. In 2004, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rob Warden on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

True stories of false confessions /
ISBN: 0810126036 OCLC: 268787865

Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Ill. : 2009.

Collects thirty-eight articles describing how innocent men and women have been coerced into confessing to crimes they did not commit, revealing the questionable methods police officers use to get confessions from suspects.

Wilkie Collins's The dead alive :
ISBN: 0810122944 OCLC: 58829545

Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Ill. : ©2005.

"In the United States on a book tour in 1873, Wilkie Collins, a popular British novelist of the era, read about the case of Jesse and Stephen Boorn, who were convicted of and sentenced to death for the murder of their brother-in-law in 1819 and exonerated the following year. Upon his return to England, Collins wrote The Dead Alive, arguably the world's original legal thriller and the first novel known to have been inspired by a documented wrongful conviction, itself the first on record in.