Author Profile

Robin Yocum

Robin Yocum

Robin Yocum’s third novel, A Brilliant Death, was released April 5, 2016, by Seventh Street Books.

He also is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Favorite Sons and The Essay. Favorite Sons, by Arcade Publishing, was named the 2011 USA Book News’ Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense. It was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program for 2013-14, and was a featured book of the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival. The Essay, by Arcade Publishing, was released in October 2012.

Yocum also is the author of:

Dead Before Deadline . . . and other tales from the police beat (University of Akron Press, 2004), which chronicles his four years as the crime reporter for the Columbus Dispatch.

Insured for Murder (Prometheus Books, 1992), a true crime book about a murder-for-insurance scam that he and co-author Catherine Candisky covered for the Dispatch.

He is the president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Westerville, Ohio.

He is well known for his work as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch from 1980-1991. He was the recipient of 30 local, state and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

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