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John Sandford

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John Sandford

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Full Name: John Roswell Camp
Born: February 23, 1944
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Occupation: Writer, Journalist
Nationality: American
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Biography

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. His maternal grandparents were immigrants from Lithuania, and he spent many of his early years living on, or visiting, their rural acreage. He received a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966, and a master's degree in journalism in 1971, both from the University of Iowa. Between his two stints at the University of Iowa, he served two years in the U.S. Army in Korea with the 4th U.S. Army Missile Command.

Camp's journalism career began as an Army reporter (he is included in the 'Hall of Fame' at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md.) After getting out of the Army, he then worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missourian for a year, covering such stories as the Cairo, Illinois race riots.

He was a reporter and an editor at The Miami Herald from 1971-1978, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1978-1990. He continues to do occasional journalism, and was embedded with the 2-147 Air Assault Battalion during the Iraq War, and covered the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

After being one of four finalists in 1980, Camp won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in 1986. He also was the winner of the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985.

Camp is the author of thirty-five published detective and techo-thriller novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times Best-Seller lists. He is also the author of two non-fiction books, one on art and one on plastic surgery. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean.

He is the principal financial backer of the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project in the Jordan River Valley of Israel. In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography, reading history, hunting and fishing, canoeing, skiing, golfing, sailing, and SCUBA-diving. He listens to a lot of Texas-based country music.

Camp was married to Susan Lee Jones in 1966, and has two children, Roswell Camp and Emily Curtis, and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel and Gabriel Curtis. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May 2007. In October, 2013, he married Michele Cook, a journalist and screenwriter. They currently have homes in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and the countryside near Hayward, Wisconsin.


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