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Ronald Yates

Ronald Yates - Editor

Murrieta, CA, United States

Overview

I am a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Dean Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois where I was also a Professor of Journalism. My new book, Finding Billy Battles, is the first in a trilogy of novels. I am also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist's Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy. During my career as a foreign correspondent I lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America where I covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975; the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing; Afghanistan during the last year of the Russian occupation; and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala. My work as a correspondent was rewarded with several awards, including three Pulitzer nominations; the Inter-American Press Association's Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards. I write a blog entitled "ForeignCorrespondent" that can be found at: http://j-hawker.blogspot.com/. My Website and authors pages can be found at: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/ and at the Authors' Guild: http://www.ronaldyates.com/index.htm and on Amazon's Author Central page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI. I am a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Publishing

Awards

  • Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism
  • Inter-American Press Association Tom Wallace Award (Exemplary Coverage of Latin America).
  • Edward Scott Beck Award for Foreign Reporting (Coverage of fall of Vietnam and Cambodia).
  • Edward Scott Beck Award for Foreign Reporting (Coverage of Japan).
  • Edward Scott Beck Award for Foreign Reporting (Coverage of Pro-Democracy Movement in China and Tiananmen Square tragedy).
  • Peter Lisagor Award for Excellence in Financial Writing
  • Pulitzer prize Nominations by Chicago Tribune for foreign reporting

Work experience

Author/Journalist/Editor

R. E. Yates & Associates

September, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

Specializing in:
Media strategy.
Crisis Management & Coaching.
Freelance Writing, Annual Reports
Website: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com
Blog: http://j-hawker.blogspot.com

Dean, Professor of Journalism

University of Illinois

June, 1997 – September, 2010 (over 13 years)

Dean, College of Media, Professor of Journalism August 2003 to Sept. 2010
 Chief Executive Officer of the College of Media, engaged in the programmatic aspect of the Campus/University mission.
 Responsible for all operations of the College of Media, including overall administration, development, coordination and implementation of programs, activities and professional services.
 Formulated, initiated, implemented and interpreted policies related to the operation of the College’s 4 academic units (Department of Advertising, Department of Journalism, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Institute for Communications Research), and WILL-AM-FM-Internet, the PBS/NPR affiliate in Central Illinois.
 Moved College from 2-year to 4-year academic unit and doubled student population to 1,200.
 Oversaw creation of a dedicated Student Services Center in College.
 Created and administered College of Media budget.
 Created Department of Media and Cinema Studies.
 Established goals and objectives for units reporting to the Dean’s office.
 Communicated with and served as a resource to colleges, departments, campus offices, community organizations, regarding media and issues.
 Led Strategic Planning for College of Media.

Correspondent, Editor

Chicago Tribune

September, 1969 – June, 1997 (over 27 years)

I am a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Dean Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois where I was also a Professor of Journalism.

My new book, Finding Billy Battles, is the first in a trilogy of novels. I am also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist's Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.

During my career as a foreign correspondent I lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America where I covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975; the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing; Afghanistan during the last year of the Russian occupation; and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala.

My work as a correspondent was rewarded with several awards, including three Pulitzer nominations; the Inter-American Press Association's Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards.

I write a blog entitled "ForeignCorrespondent" that can be found at: http://j-hawker.blogspot.com/. My Website and authors pages can be found at: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/ and at the Authors' Guild: http://www.ronaldyates.com/index.htm and on Amazon's Author Central page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI.

I am a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Finding Billy Battles

Ronald Yates

When a great-grandson inherits two aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather's last request: to tell the story of an inconceivable life replete with adventure, violence and tragedy. The great-grandfather's name? Billy Battles--a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control. F... read more

When a great-grandson inherits two aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather's last request: to tell the story of an inconceivable life replete with adventure, violence and tragedy. The great-grandfather's name? Billy Battles--a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control. F... read more

The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with a Japanese Soul

Ronald E. Yates

Combining ancient craftsmanship with modern technology and marketing innovations, Japan's Kikkoman Corporation has quietly become a $2 billion market leader. This book tells the fascinating story of how Kikkoman changed the course of international marketing, shrewdly adapting to 20th-century realities while never turning its back on centuries of tradition.

Combining ancient craftsmanship with modern technology and marketing innovations, Japan's Kikkoman Corporation has quietly become a $2 billion market leader. This book tells the fascinating story of how Kikkoman changed the course of international marketing, shrewdly adapting to 20th-century realities while never turning its back on centuries of tradition.

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