The Author

Bobby Hawthorne is a popular instructor at journalism workshops and seminars for high school students nationwide. He has been published in every national scholastic press association periodical and is the author of The Radical Write, a textbook on reporting and writing for student publications that is used nationwide. He is also the author of Longhorn Football: An Illustrated History, and Home Field, both published by the University of Texas Press.

In 2005, he retired from the University Interscholastic League, an organization that coordinates extracurricular activities for all Texas public schools where he served as director of academics and director of journalism. In 2009, he wrote, designed and produced a 200-page history of the UIL as part of its centennial anniversary.

Hawthorne has won a lot of awards from associations you’ve most likely have never heard of. None of them came with a cash prize. They include the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Key and James Paschal Awards, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pioneer Award, and the Interscholastic League Press Conference’s Edith Fox King Award, given for distinguished service to Texas scholastic journalism.  In 1991, he was named a lifetime member by the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, and in 2000 received TAJE’s Trailblazer Award. In 2007, he received from the CSPA its Charles R. O’Malley Award for Overall Excellence in Teaching, an honor that recognizes “a sustained record of outstanding teaching.” In November, 2007, he received the Carl Towley Award, the Journalism Education Association’s highest honor.

He is currently a writer and lecturer who lives in Austin, Texas. His wife is a lawyer who makes a lot more money than he does or ever did. His daughter is a registered nurse, and he has two successful step-children, one grandson and two on the way, and all kinds of problems sleeping.

Interested in having Hawthorne speak at an event or teach a writing workshop? Get in touch.