Walt Harrington was a staff writer for The Washington Post Magazine for nearly 15 years. His new book, The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family, was recently published by Atlantic Monthly Press. It is the story of what Mr. Harrington, as a classic upwardly mobile city slicker, learned during his fifteen years of rabbit hunting with his father-in-law and his Kentucky country friends.
Harrington's book Crossings: A White Man's Journey Into Black America was awarded the Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in the United States.
Mr. Harrington is also the author of American Profiles and At the Heart of It. His work is included in the prestigious anthologies Literary Journalism and Literary Nonfiction. Mr. Harrington's book Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, is a guide for those wishing to write narrative nonfiction about ordinary people.
Over the years, Mr. Harrington has written benchmark profiles of George Bush, Jesse Jackson, Jerry Falwell, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, Carl Bernstein and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, as well as many in-depth articles on ordinary men and women. He is the winner of twenty local, state and national journalism awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for an article that resulted in the return of a kidnapped infant, two National Association of Black Journalists 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.
Mr. Harrington holds masters degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He now teaches literary journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bio information courtesy of Walt Harrington's Web page.