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Name:  Leslie Baldacci  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction



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Baldacci lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leslie Baldacci's only reason for going to college was to become a rock music DJ when FM radio was "underground." Unfortunately, she failed her FCC test in three different cities. Fortunately, she was able to leave the technical aspects of broadcasting to others and became a radio newscaster, and from there redirected her higher education to print journalism. She was a newspaperwoman for 25 years, including 17 years at the Chicago Sun-Times. She hosted "The Leslie Show" on WLS talk radio in the '90s.

Baldacci celebrated her mid-life crisis by leaving the media to become a Chicago Public Schools teacher. She is the author of "Inside Mrs. B's Classroom: Courage, Hope, and Learning on Chicago's South Side." After six years as a classroom teacher, she mentored more than 100 beginning teachers in chronically underserved schools. She co-hosted the Zebra Sisters podcast on race with Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell.

"Long Live Rock (A Grown-Up Romance)" is her first novel.

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