The Reporter

The Reporter

Mark Paul Smith


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Intent on finding his career path, a rookie reporter struggles to become a journalist at an Indiana newspaper in 1973.

He climbs the ladder from writing obituaries to covering cops and teacher strikes and murder trials and community disasters. As he navigates the competitive politics of the newsroom, he gradually earns the trust of his curmudgeonly city editor. Along the way, he begins performing with a rock and roll band and falls in love with a stripper named Brown Sugar. The choice between being a muician and a journalist becomes obvious after he writes a front page story on a job tryout at the Detroit Free Press.


Mark Paul Smith:
Mark Paul Smith has been a trial attorney for nearly forty years. After returning from The Hitchhike in 1972, he became a newspaper reporter for four years and then played in a rock band on Bourbon Street in New Orleans for several years. He's still playing in bands as his legal career morphs into writing novels. He and the artist Jody Hemphill Smith own Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana.