Ron Yates




About Me

I am an author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels. Before turning to historical fiction, I was a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois where I was also the Dean of the College of Media. My book, “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” is the second in my “Finding Billy Battles” trilogy and was the 2017 Grand Prize Gold Winner in the KCT International Literary Award. The Lost Years of Billy Battles, the final book in the trilogy, was published in June 2018.

I am also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist's Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.

During my career as a foreign correspondent I lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America where I covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975; the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing; Afghanistan during the last year of the Russian occupation; and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala.

My work as a correspondent was rewarded with several awards, including three Pulitzer nominations; the Inter-American Press Association's Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards.

I write a blog entitled "ForeignCorrespondent" that can be found at: http://ronaldyatesbooks.com/category/foreign-correspondent/.My Website and authors pages can be found at: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/ and at the Authors' Guild: http://www.ronaldyates.com/index.htm and on Amazon's Author Central page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI.

I served 3-1/2 years active duty with the U.S. Army Security Agency in Germany, where I was worked in communication intelligence (SIGINTEL). I am a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.


Additional Information

I write a blog entitled "ForeignCorrespondent" that can be found at: http://ronaldyatesbooks.com/category/foreign-correspondent/.My Website and authors pages can be found at: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/ and at the Authors' Guild: http://www.ronaldyates.com/index.htm and on Amazon's Author Central page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI.

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