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The life's work of a reporter of the people

He Writes About Us

An Autobiography of a Chicago Journalist

By Kenan Heise

$18.95 • Trade Paper • ISBN 9781936863174

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The eyes of a newspaperman and the heart of a poet—it's a very powerful combination, and it shows up in every one of Kenan Heise's works. —Bob Greene, author and former columnist for the Chicago Tribune

With deceptively simple, readable prose, Kenan manages to distill his many selves into these pages, a life that has been guided by two questions: What can I do to help? How can I thank those who have helped me? —Mary Schmich, columnist, Chicago Tribune

Kenan Heise shares with us his love and reverence for the written word, for storytelling, and for journalism of every stripe. His contributions to Chicago reporting and history are infused with a commitment to truth and a love of life that has inspired me and many other journalists. —Richard Cahan, Chicago journalist and author

The surprising and true life story of a Chicago newspaperman whose disability and seven years in the Franciscan Order of monks ultimately led him to create new waves in journalism, He Writes About Us is the autobiography of journalist Kenan Heise. Using the power of kindness and the press, Heise countered the depersonalization of the news by telling the stories of ordinary people from all walks of life, especially consumers, women, the poor, and minorities, and in doing so broke through long-established barriers of reporting. He writes about how his monastic life and his epilepsy influenced his journalism and relates his encounters with the extraordinary writers and individuals who supported him in adopting his highly original style. In an age of instant, international communication, competition for readership is much stronger than ever before, and Heise’s life story shows aspiring journalists and reporters that a personalist approach to writing can attract readers and hold their interest while delivering meaningful information.