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Bill Knight

Bill Knight is a journalist who teaches at Western Illinois University and the author of the 2003 titles Video Almanac and Fair Comment: Essays on The Air.

Video Almanac (ISBN 0-9624613-9-3) is a 112-page trade paperback described as a "do-it-yourself film festival guide for home viewers [with] hundreds of capsule reviews for dozens of themes -- for every week of every year." From Boxing movies to Medical Dramas, Shakespeare to The '60s, the Olympics and Farmers and much more, the book's themes tie in with Knight's weekly radio features on central Illinois radio.

Fair Comment: Essays On The Air (ISBN 0-9624613-8-5) also has a radio connection, as the 128-page paperback collects some of Knight's commentaries from 14 years of public broadcasting with other writing to cover topics as diverse as corporations, baseball, rural life, faith and the press. It's introduced by Chicago progressive Michael James and downstate Illinois Republican lawmaker David Leitch.

Both are available by mail for $9.95 each, plus $2.05 per order from Mayfly Productions, P.O. Box 380, Elmwood, IL 61529-0380.

Besides his work on the radio, Knight writes for The Labor Paper and the Times-Observer, both in Peoria, Ill., plus the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times. His writing has won awards from the Illinois Associated Press (Best Commentary), the Illinois Press Association (Business Reporting), the International Labor Communications Association (Best Column), and the Suburban Newspapers Association of America (Best Sports Writing).

A Peoria Journal Star reporter, reviewer feature writer and editor for seven years, Knight for six years prior to that edited the regional weekly the Prairie Sun, and he continued to freelance to publications such as Heartland Journal and Illinois Issues.

He got his start in newspapers delivering the Des Moines Sunday Register and was first paid for writing for covering Carthage (Ill.) High School football games for his hometown Hancock County Journal in 1966.

He also wrote the nonfiction anthologies R.F.D., R.F.D. Journal, and R.F.D. Notebook, and the audio tape collection The Edge of Knight, edited the trade paperbacks Midwestern Gothic and Peoria People, coordinated the round-robin murder mystery Naked Came The Farmer, published Walt Brasch's books Enquiring Minds and Space Aliens and Sex and the Single Beer Can, and co-authored The Eye of the Reporter with Deckle McLean and The Cub Fan's Christmas Wish with Mike Foster.

He's a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Midland Authors, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.