|Robert A. Juran|
Juran was writing high school sports stories for The Washington Post at age fourteen. A few years later, as a copy boy at The New York Times, he wrote bylined feature stories about some of the paper's employees that were published in the Times' in-house magazine.
Enlisting in the Army at eighteen, he was a sportswriter and then a copy editor at Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo during the occupation of Japan after World War II. Then he took his journalism degree at Syracuse University. Meanwhile, he won a national award for a book review of Inside U.S.A. by John Gunther.
For the next half century Juran worked his way up the journalism ladder, as a reporter, bureau chief, wire editor, news editor, and managing editor, on both daily and weekly newspapers. During this time he won many journalism awards, especially for editorial writing, including first prize in three different states. On one occasion he won the national first prize in the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Writing Awards, for an article on objectivity in newspapers.
Not content with being just a toiler in the vineyards of journalism, he branched out in a number of directions. First, he set up shop as a consultant to newspapers, focusing on critiquing the editorial product. Next, creating the Newsroom Applicants' Test, he sold it to hundreds of newspapers. For thirteen years he established, sponsored, and judged a number of newspaper awards competitions, which ultimately were entered by more than one thousand daily and weekly newspapers. Finally, at one point he launched, edited and published, singlehanded, a national-level journalism review, a magazine critiquing various aspects of newspaper journalism.
Retiring as an editor in 1992, Juran began to write nonfiction books, some of which are reference books. The subjects of these books include movies, railroads, the best small towns in America, scenic highways, a comprehensive study of America from 1900 to 1920, and an encyclopedic guide to 10,000 American birthplaces.
With his wife, Nancy, and their cat, Juran lives in Beaverton, Oregon.