Ron was a university professor before getting the writing bug. Now he is an award-winning author, two-time Fulbright Scholar recipient to Indonesia and Bangladesh, an adjunct instructor in UCLA’s Extension Journalism program and a consultant to the History Channel’s “Gangland” documentary series. Ron is the author of twenty-four books and more than 4,000 magazine, newspaper and Internet articles on a wide range of topics, from science to entertainment. His celebrity interviews include Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Abbie Hoffman, Noam Chomsky, Evander Holyfield, Andy McDowall, and many others. He has been interviewed by the History Channel, Biography Channel, Investigative Discovery, Black Entertainment Television and NBC Dateline and other media.
Among other awards, two of his books, “Drugs Lords” and “Gangsters of Harlem”, were selected finalists for Foreword magazine’s 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. “Gangsters Harlem” won honorable mention. A third book, “Black Gangsters of Chicago” won a silver medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. “Black Gangsters of Chicago” also won first place in the African American nonfiction category of the U.S. Book News “Best Books 2007” award. Both “Black Gangsters of Chicago” and “Gangsters of Harlem” were finalists for the award in the true crime category and “Drug Lords” won honorable mention in the general nonfiction category of the 2008 London Book Festival.
A native of Thunder Bay, Canada, Ron resides in South Carolina when not on assignment around the world. He hopes someday to write an award-winning screenplay based on one of his books.