Columbia College Chicago

Communication

David Berner

Associate Professor

33 E Congress, Rm 700
Phone: (312) 369-8159
Email: dberner@colum.edu

Biography

MFA Creative Writing – Creative Non-Fiction, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

David Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. He has more than forty years experience in broadcast journalism as a reporter, anchor, news director, and program director. He regularly contributes to the CBS Radio Network and has contributed to public radio stations around the country, including NPR’s Weekend edition. David recently helped Columbia students create award-winning audio documentaries on subjects ranging from student debt to heroin addiction. His audio/radio documentary - BRACELETS OF GRACE - has been aired on public radios across the country.

David is also an author. His first book, ACCIDENTAL LESSONS (Strategic) was awarded the Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. In 2011, David was awarded the position of Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, Florida and his memoir – ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE: A Journey of Fathers and Sons (Dream of Thing Publishing) – is a product of the three-months spent at Kerouac’s former home. In 2015, he was award the Writer-in-Residence honor by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and his collection of essays, THERE’S A HAMSTER IN THE DASHBOARD (Dream of Things Publishing), was named a 2015 “Best Book” by the Chicago Book Review. His work of fiction - NIGHT RADIO - was released in the summer of 2016 by Cawing Crow Press. He has also performed live literature at 2nd Story, Essay Fiesta, and Sunday Salon.

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