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John Sandford is the pseudonym of John
Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. He won the Pulitzer
Prize in journalism in 1986, and was one of four finalists for the
prize in 1980. He also was the winner of the Distinguished Writing
Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985.
He is the author of thirty-one
published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or
another, on the New York Times Best-Seller lists. He is also the
author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on
art. His books have been translated into most European languages, as
well as Japanese and Korean. He is the principal sponsor of a major
archaeological dig in Israel, and is on the board of directors of the
Albright Institute of Archaeological Research.
John was born February 23, 1944, in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Cedar Rapids Catholic and public
schools, graduating from Washington Senior High School in 1962. He
received a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966, and a
master's degree in journalism in 1971, both from the University of
After graduating from the University of
Iowa in 1966, he spent two years in the U.S. Army, during which he
served in Korea. He then worked as a reporter for the in Missouri
before returning to University of Iowa in 1970 for his master's
He continues to do occasional
journalism, and was embedded with the 2-147 Air Assault Battalion
during the Iraq War. He is the principal financial backer of the
Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project in the Jordan River Valley
In addition to archaeology, he is
deeply interested in art (painting) and photography; he occasionally
writes on-line articles on both. He enjoys reading history. He is
interested in a number of outdoor sports, including hunting and
fishing, canoeing, and skiing.
He has homes in Lakeland Shores, Minnesota and in Pasadena, California.