Akron’s Daily Miracle begins with the death of the heir to John S. and James Knight’s newspaper empire and ends with the demise of Knight Ridder Newspapers but also with a note about how the Knight spirit lives on in Akron and elsewhere. In between is a collection of essays from those who produced the news in the Rubber City, including international best-selling authors Thrity Umrigar and Regina Brett and popular columnists Bob Dyer and Stuart Warner, written to remind readers of the value of excellent local journalism.
About the Authors
Stuart Warner is best known in Akron for writing a local column called Warner’s Corner and for his solos at TubaChristmas. At the Akron Beacon Journal, he also served in several editing positions, including associate managing editor. He was part of the teams that won Pulitzers for covering the attempted takeover of Goodyear and race relations in Akron. As writing coach at the Cleveland Plain Dealer he edited four Pulitzer finalists, including Connie Schultz’s columns that won the Pulitzer for commentary.
Deb Van Tassel Warner joined the Akron Beacon Journal in 1982 and held various editing positions, including supervising local coverage of the attempted takeover of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and as news editor for A Question of Color, two of the paper’s Pulitzer Prize winning initiatives. She also edited the award-winning series and book, Wheels of Fortune, about Akron’s rubber industry, and relaunched the newspaper’s popular Sunday Beacon Magazine. She joined the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1999 and oversaw award-winning coverage of the collapse and rebirth of Cleveland’s steel industry and edited the acclaimed special report “Beyond Rape” by Joanna Connors.
Praise for Akron’s Daily Miracle
Ohio history is replete with colorful and impactful leaders from across the political spectrum. Profiles in Achievement gives us the story of many of them from the perspective of the reporters who covered them best.
—Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, University of Virginia Center for Politics
Bill Hershey and his colleagues at the Akron Beacon Journal chronicled the lives of Governors, Senators, and other notables in public life in Ohio in daily stories, profiles, and magazine-length pieces. Journalism is indeed the first draft of history and there is no better drafter of that history than Bill Hershey. With his sharp eye and even sharper sense of humor, Hershey gave his readers a front-row seat into the rough and tumble world of Ohio politics from its triumphs to its tragedies. Hershey is Ohio’s premiere story-teller.”
—Mary Anne Sharkey, Former Politics and Opinion Editor, The Plain Dealer, co-editor of Ohio Politics (Kent State University Press) and Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University
Ohio’s finest journalists capturing Ohio’s legendary politicians.
—Michael F. Curtin, coauthor, Ohio Politics Almanac, Retired associate publisher, vice president and chief operating officer, Columbus Dispatch, Former state representative