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  • David W. Berner
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  • David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. His first book, ACCIDENTAL LESSONS was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His memoir–ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE-won the 2013 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year award for nontraditional nonfiction.

    David's broadcast reporting and audio documentaries have been aired on the CBS Radio Network, NPR’s Weekend Edition and a number of public radio stations across America. David has been the recipient of awards from the Associated Press, RTNDA (Radio and Television News Directors Association) and the Broadcast Education Association.

    For the summer of 2011, David was awarded the position of Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, Florida. His writing, both reporting and personal essays, have appeared in publications and online journals such as Clef Notes Journal, PERIGEE, Tiny Lights Journal, Shaking Like a Mountain, Travelgolf.com, Worldgolf.com, Golf Chicago Magazine, The Sun Newspapers, and Write City Magazine. David is also a performer. He’s a regular on the Chicago storytelling circuit, reading his personal essays at events such as Story Club, Essay Fiesta, and This Much is True. As an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, he teaches radio narrative, audio documentary, and writing. He has presented writing workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for numerous literary organizations throughout the Chicago area.

    And despite holding a Masters in Education/Teaching from the Aurora University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, David does really try to put some fun in his day – playing guitar, riding his Fuji bike, and watching as much TV coverage as possible of his beloved Steelers.
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