Author John Temple


John Temple is an associate professor of journalism at West Virginia University. He teaches reporting and writing courses at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism, where he served for three years as associate dean.

Temple is the author of The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates, published in 2009, and Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office, 2005.  The Last Lawyer won the Scribes 2010 Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers.

Prior to teaching at WVU, Temple taught and studied creative nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned an M.F.A. Temple worked in the newspaper business for six years. He was the health/education reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a general assignment reporter for the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., and a government and politics reporter for the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Fla.

Temple lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife, Hollee Schwartz Temple, and their two sons.  Hollee is a law professor and co-author of the work-life balance book, Good Enough Is the New Perfect.

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