Fair Comment: Essays on the Air - Softcover
By Bill Knight
In more than 100 essays from Midwestern publications and airwaves, where they've been featured for more than 14 years, award-winning journalist Bill Knight writes about labor and baseball, war and religion, corporations and the press, rural life and family.
"A defender of the poor, he also writes about Chicago Cubs, touching letters to his son [and] scolding press criticism." -- Bill Dennis, Community Word and PeoriaPundit.com, October, 2003
"This ain'tjust about truth. It's about the privilege of being human. With a brain. And a sense of humor." -- Chris M. Steven, The Labor Paper, Oct. 2, 2003
"Bill is a voice for the people, a sharp journalist and a teacher: a perceptive human being who gets at the root of things with his understanding of class and power and the dynamics of history working in our communities, large and small." -- Michael James, from the Preface
"His is a plain-spoken Midwestern voice that speaks to the timeless American values -- faith, family, work, citizenship -- all with a strain of prairie populism that aches to rekindle a celebration of the individual 'everyman' in a world turning upside-down in the torrent of global markets, technological frenzy and cultural upheaval." -- David Leitch, from the Foreword
About the Author
Bill Knight is a longtime journalist who also teaches at Western Illinois University.
A regular contributor to the (Peoria, Ill.) Labor Paper, the Peoria (Ill.) Times-Observer and the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times, Knight has won awards from the Illinois Associated Press (Best Commentary), the International Labor Communications Association (Best Column, Best Labor History Article), the Illinois Press Association (Business Reporting), and the Suburban Newspapers Association of America (Best Sports Writing).
A Peoria Journal Star reporter, reviewer, feature writer and editor for seven years, Knight for six years prior to that edited the regional weekly the Prairie Sun, and he continues to freelance to publications such as Heartland Journal and Illinois Issues magazine.
He got his start in newspapers delivering the Des Moines Sunday Register and was first paid for writing for covering Carthage (Ill.) High School football games for his hometown Hancock County Journal in 1966.
He also wrote the nonfiction anthologie "R.F.D.," "R.F.D. Journal," and "R.F.D. Notebook," and the audio tape collection "The Edge of Knight," edited the trade paperbacks "Midwestern Gothic" and "Peoria People," coordinated the round-robin murder mystery "Naked Came The Farmer," published Walt Brasch's books "Enquiring Minds and Space Aliens" and "Sex and the Single Beer Can," and co-authored "The Eye of the Reporter" with Deckle McLean and "The Cub Fan's Christmas Wish" with Mike Foster.
He's a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Midland Authors, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Publisher: Mayfly Productions (May 1, 1999)
Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches