gearino photoG.D. (Dan) Gearino, a thirty-year veteran of the newspaper and magazine industry, has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor for publications in Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan, Montana and Alberta, Canada. He joined the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. as business editor in 1993, and later spent ten years writing a well-regarded and award-winning column.

Gearino was born in Atlanta and is a 1975 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in film studies.

In the early 1990s, Gearino embarked on a second career as a novelist. His first book, “What the Deaf-Mute Heard,” was published by Simon & Schuster in January 1996, and was the winner of the 1996 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, North Carolina’s top fiction prize.

A Hallmark Hall of Fame production of the novel was broadcast on CBS in November 1997, and was the highest-rated TV movie of the decade. It also was the top movie in Hallmark’s history, in terms of total numbers of viewers, and received three Emmy nominations. His second book, “Counting Coup,” was published in July 1997 and a third novel, “Blue Hole,” was published in August 1999. His most recent novel, “Wrong Guy,” was published in October 2005. Work on a fifth book has commenced.

Gearino also is the winner of Chowan College’s Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, and the Grady Award from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, given for career achievement.