WGN crime reporter discusses book

Take more than 15 years of delving into the harsh realities of Chicago crime reporting, insider knowledge of the Chicago Outfit and a lively imagination and you have Deader By The Lake: A Reno McCarthy Thriller by WGN reporter Doug Cummings.

This fast-paced novel has earned rave reviews. According to Booklist, “Exploding with murders, accidents and threats, the plot is gasp producing, but always believable. A street-smart and altogether satisfying debut.” (Connie Fletcher, Booklist)

Cummings will discuss his suspense novel at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, in the auditorium of the North Suburban Library/Loves Park, 6340 N. Second St.

Doug Cummings worked for more than 15 years reporting crime for the former WMAQ Radio, and is currently WGN’s Weekend Crime Reporter.

“The novel has some gritty aspects to it because that is what I see covering crime and breaking news,” said Cummings. “Working the street, I see so many bizarre things. Vicious crimes, tragedy, good and bad cops, unusual people. And I keep coming across these little nuggets of information that I can’t use on the air for one reason or another. Mostly the feat of being sued, or shot, or both. It seems a shame to keep all of that great material in my head.”

Cummings spent time as a deputy sheriff in Topeka Kan., before graduating from Washburn University. He worked patrol, handled crime scenes and chased after people who had felony warrants out for them. He even helped nab a couple of murder suspects.

After graduating with a degree in communications, he worked as an anchor, reporter and talk-show host in Kansas and Missouri before moving to Chicago.

Cummings has received a number of awards for his news coverage which has included murders, train crashes, school shootings and tornadoes. His reports have been heard on every major network, including CNN. For more information about this event, phone the library at 633-4247, ext. 18.

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