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Name:  Rob Warden  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1940 in Carthage, Missouri


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Warden lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

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