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I learned journalism basics at Michigan State University; later there were a couple good years at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, where I grappled with new ways to tell true stories. Fact: I'm not above confessing my petty crimes and bad decisions in memoir

 

But my meat-and-potatoes is crime reporting. My first books examined three unsolved murders, including a stranger-than-fiction wrongful conviction case, the New York Times bestseller, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand.   

 

In my hometown they've been publishing a newspaper, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, for 165 years. It's delivered daily to readers in the wilds of northern Michigan where snow sometimes drifts over our mailboxes. The newspaper employs one investigative reporter. Me.  

Beginnings matter. I'm a Detroit baby — it's complicated — and I'm still trying to solve my own personal mystery.  In the meantime, Go Lions.

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