Member News

Member News

Keep up with the latest from ASJA members. Explore member news to see our members’ newest projects and published pieces.

Paul Vachon
April 15, 2022 –

Paul Vachon’s book, Becoming the Motor City: A Timeline of Detroit’s Auto Industry, was released on September 15, 2021, by Reedy Press. The book is a hardcover coffee-style volume that traces the development of Detroit’s signature industry. It’s about cars but it’s also about personalities, temperaments, corporate corruption, and other interesting stuff.

March 8, 2022 –

Spyder Hole Book CoverBob Nesoff has sold the movie rights to his novel, Spyder Hole. He has also signed with Arcadia Publishers/History Press to produce two books: A History Lover’s Guide to Bergen County, and the true crime story Mysterious Mike Malone.

March 1, 2022 –

Stream this NextLiane Starr edited a book, Stream This Next, which was released by Rizzoli Books. “I am happy to be anyone’s source for upcoming articles about TV shows to stream during the long pandemic we’re in,” she says.

Lawrence Tabak
March 1, 2022 –

Lawrence Tabak’s book Foxconned: Imaginary Jobs, Bulldozed Homes, and the Sacking of Local Government is an exposé on economic development fiascos, featuring Asian tech giant Foxconn in Wisconsin. It was released from The University of Chicago Press in November 2021. A starred review in Publishers Weekly follows the book’s 2020 short list recognition for the J. Anthony Lukas Columbia School of Journalism Work in Progress Award.

Sandra Ebejer
December 18, 2021 –

Sandra Ebejer interviewed guitar legend Tom Morello about his new album, his upbringing, and his favorite songs of rebellion and liberation for AARP The Magazine. She also interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren about her inspiring new children’s book, Pinkie Promises, for Shondaland.

Margie Goldsmith
December 1, 2021 –

Society of American Travel Writers FoundationMargie Goldsmith was awarded the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s highest journalism award, Bronze Journalist of the Year. This makes 96 creative writing awards that she has won since she started freelancing 20 years ago. Goldsmith writes for many magazines, has written three books, and is presently work on her fourth.

Joanna Haugen
December 1, 2021 –

Future of Travel AwardsJoanna Haugen was recently named a winner of a Newsweek’s Future of Travel Awards in the storytelling category. Haugen is the founder of Rooted, a solutions platform at the intersection of sustainable tourism, storytelling, and social impact. She frequently writes about and speaks on these topics.

November 8, 2021 –

L.M. Archer published a story on about Dauntless Wine Company, a veteran-owned winery in Oregon helping veterans transition from the battlefield to the vineyard.

Randi Minetor
November 1, 2021 –

Randi Minetor had the pleasure of writing about the high-tech side of Usher’s current residency in Las Vegas for Projection, Lights & Staging News (PLSN) in November 2021.

Lisa Rabasca Roepe
October 28, 2021 –

After writing two articles about the growing childcare crisis—one for Fast Company and one for Insider — Lisa Rabasca Rope was invited to moderate a discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Forward conference in October 2021, about why childcare is a workforce issue.

Stephanie Overman
September 30, 2021 –

Stephanie Overman was honored for her outstanding contributions to the media profession and her unwavering commitment to excellence by her alma mater, Ball State University (BSU). BSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Communication presented Overman with its 2021 Hall of Fame Award in ceremonies held on September 30, 2021.

Jennifer Billock
September 7, 2021 –

Historic Chicago BakeriesJennifer Billock’s new book Historic Chicago Bakeries was released. It ranked as the #1 new book in two categories and was #13 overall in travel books on Amazon the week it was released.

Liz Alterman

Sad SackedNovember 11, 2021 – Liz Alterman’s memoir, Sad Sacked, was released by Audible Originals. When Liz and her husband lost their jobs within six weeks of each other, Liz wondered how they’d get by. Writing about it (and laughing about the nightmare that is the modern-day employment landscape) helped her survive.