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Since joining the Akron Beacon Journal in 1984, Bob Dyer has served as a feature writer, a radio/TV writer and a general-interest columnist.

Dyer’s stories and columns have won 59 regional and national awards. In 2008, the National Society of Professional Journalists voted him Best Columnist in the Nation. In 2013, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists named him Best Humor Columnist in the Nation.

He has been named Best Columnist in Ohio by at least one professional journalism organization for seven consecutive years.

The Cleveland native also was one of the lead writers for A Question of Color, a yearlong examination of racial attitudes in Akron that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

In addition, he has written three books. One of them, Omar! My Life On and Off the Field, an autobiography co-written with Cleveland Indians baseball star Omar Vizquel, spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2002, peaking at No. 27 among hardcover nonfiction.

The same publisher has just released a collection of Dyer’s best columns, Blimp Pilot Terrorizes Akron and Other Hot Air. It is available via thebeaconjournalstore.com.

Dyer is a graduate of West Geauga High School and The College of Wooster.

Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or bdyer@thebeaconjournal.com.

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