“Reading a Book is Like Life: You Live it One
Page at a Time.” (Ron Yates)

About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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  • The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles
  • Finding Billy Battles
  • The Kikkoman Chronicles
  • The Reporter’s Handbook
  • More Books . . .

The Latest From My Blog

Q & A with Novel PASTimes Part 2

I was recently interviewed online by NovelPASTimes http://www.novelpastimes.com/ a blog for Historical Fiction Lovers. Here is Part Two. What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)? Because the Finding Billy Battles trilogy is historical fiction and is set in the 19th and 2oth Centuries, I would like … Read more…

Q & A with Novel PASTimes Part 1

I was recently interviewed online by NovelPASTimes http://www.novelpastimes.com, a blog for Historical Fiction Lovers.  Here is Part One.   Tell us a little about what you write. I write both fiction and non-fiction. Currently, my books fall into the historical-fiction/action-adventure categories. My previous books have been journalism textbooks, a corporate … Read more…

An Uncommon Love of Words & Writing

This is a re-post of a blog post I did a while back. It is one of those timeless pieces about a one-of-a-kind journalism professor and his love of words and writing. Take a look. I bet you will find it fascinating and helpful. In any case, I hope you … Read more…

Some Thoughts About Today’s News Media

The other day, I had a long conversation about the state of American journalism with a couple of friends. They told me, in no uncertain terms, that they don’t believe anything they hear, read, or see when it comes to the news today. “It’s all propaganda and what isn’t propaganda … Read more…

The American Descent into Madness

Today, I am sharing my blog with historian Victor Davis Hanson, a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness as well as Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In his commentary, Prof. Hanson asks the following compelling question: America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to … Read more…

11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t

Those who write historical fiction are always striving to make sure our characters are part of the period in which our novels are set. A farmer in 19th Century Kansas, for example, had to know how to hunt and fish, how to forage and how to butcher livestock, pluck chickens, … Read more…

Journalism’s Dangerous Shift from Impartiality to Advocacy

Those of us who have been in the news business for more than a few years (for me, it’s more than 30 years) have learned a hard truth in the past decade or so: There has been a palpable shifting of the lines between what we learned journalism ideally should … Read more…

WELCOME TO TOMORROW!

I’ve always been fascinated by the future. How will it look? How will people live? How will they travel? How will medical advances change their lives? What will be the most significant changes? Recently, I received an email that attempted to answer some of those questions. Here’s one peek at … Read more…

Why Are Schools Banning “To Kill a Mockingbird?”

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in high school. It was a time when our nation was in the midst of a heated struggle for civil rights. There were marches, sit-ins, and violent confrontations with police in places like Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Many people … Read more…

FLASH! FBI Asks Americans to Inform on Family Members and Friends

FLASH! FBI Asks Americans to Inform on Family Members and Friends What? Can that headline be correct?  Regrettably, yes, it’s true! The Federal Bureau of Investigation is morphing into America’s version of Nazi Germany’s Gestapo. In a tweet on July 11, the FBI asked Americans to spy on “family members … Read more…

Some Random Thoughts on America–the Angry, the Miserable, the Suicidal

We hear a lot today about fake news in America. But what about “fake journalists?” Watch television, cable, or surf the Internet and we see a profusion of talking heads, political pundits, academics, bloggers, and news aggregators out there masquerading as journalists. Unfortunately, too many people can’t tell the difference between … Read more…

Socialists Force-Feeding School Children a Steady Diet of Toxic Critical Race Theory

As angry parents coast to coast continue to rebel against leftist indoctrination of their children at school, the nation’s largest teachers’ unions have let it be known that they will support Marxist and socialist teachers who are teaching Critical Race Theory anyway. In other words, “damn you, parents, we have … Read more…