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JOHN W. FOUNTAIN has been a national correspondent for The New York Times (2000 to 2003), based in Chicago. He is currently a professor of journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Until recently, he was a tenured full professor at his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Fountain was formerly a visiting scholar at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston. He was previously a reporter for the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. In a journalism career that has spanned 20 years, he also has written for the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Modesto Bee, Pioneer Press Newspapers in suburban Chicago and the Champaign News-Gazette. His stories have appeared in news publications across the country, and include his recent poignant essay, "No Place for Me" on his disenchantment with the "Black Church," a commentary first published in the Washington Post and subsequently in newspapers across the country, including the Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Sun-Times, Louisville Courier and the Biloxi Sun Herald, among others. A licensed minister with Pentecostal roots, Prof. Fountain holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and he has been a Michigan Journalism Fellow (MJF) at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Providence-St. Mel High School in Chicago. He grew up in the Church of God In Christ and later became a youth minister at True Vine Church of God in Christ, where his grandfather, the Reverend George A. Hagler, still pastors in Bellwood , Illinois. John and his wife, Monica--also a writer-journalist and daughter of a Baptist pastor--and their two children live in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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“…For without me ye can do nothing.”

John 15:5

True Vine: A Young Black Man's Journey of Faith, Hope, and Clarity
by John W. Fountain

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1586480847

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