Walt Harrington, M.A. (Journalist)

Walt Harrington was a staff writer for The Washington Post for nearly 15 years. He is the author of Crossings: A White Man's Journey Into Black America, the story of his 25,000 mile excursion through black America. He is also the author of American Profiles: Somebodies and Nobodies Who Matter and At the Heart of It: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. His work is included in the prestigious anthology Literary Journalism. Mr. Harrington's most recent book is, Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, is a guide for journalists wishing to write narrative nonfiction stories about ordinary people. His essays introducing the collection were developed originally for presentation he gave in advanced feature writing seminars for reporters and editors at The Washington Post.

Over the years, Mr. Harrington has written benchmark profiles of George Bush, Jesse Jackson, Jerry Falwell, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, CarL Bernstein and former US. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, as well as many in-depth articles on ordinary men and women. He is the winner of numerous local, state and national journalism awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for an article that resulted in the return of a kidnaped infant, two National Association of Black Journalists feature writing awards, Northwestern University's John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Journalism, three national Sunday magazine writing awards and the Lowell Mellett award for improving journalism through critical evaluation. His book Crossings was awarded the Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in the United States. During his years at The Washington Post Magazine, his editors nominated his work three times for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. For the last two years, This Old House Magazine has nominated his work for the National Magazine Award.

Mr. Harrington hold masters degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His a professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and speaks regularly to professional journalist groups and in newsrooms on the reporting and writing techniques of literary journalism.

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