Rockville, Maryland, United States
Home page: kevinjamesshay.blogspot.com
Kevin James Shay has been a journalist and writer for newspapers and magazines since 1981. His books include A Parent’s Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth [Los Angeles: Mars Publishing/Parent's Guide Press, 2003] and And Justice For All: The Untold History of Dallas [Fort Worth: CGS Communications, 2000]. He also contributed to Big Bush Lies [Ashland, Ore.: RiverWood Books, 2004] and has written several electronic books marketed by Booklocker.com.
Kevin’s writing awards include a 2002 International PeaceWriting Award, sponsored by the Omni Center for Peace, Justice, & Ecology of Fayetteville, Ark., for Walking through the Wall, an electronic book on some transcontinental peace walks he took in the mid-1980s. He has also won awards from the Unity Awards in Media of Lincoln University, Suburban Newspapers of America, American Cancer Society [Texas Division], Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, Texas Press Association, Dallas Press Club, and others. But he considers one of his top accolades to come from a former Dallas City Council member, who told him his article “was not the way my mother would have written it.”
He has worked for or contributed to The [Maryland] Gazette of Politics and Business [owned by The Washington Post], The Dallas Morning News, Arlington Morning News, One World News Service, Minority Business News USA, Sculpture Journal, Dallas Examiner, Eclipse Magazine, Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly, Texas Catholic, Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Child Magazine, Alternet, Eoutdoors, Online Journal, Oped News, Buzzflash, and others.
Being a writer gives Kevin the freedom and flexibility to pursue a variety of interests and activities. He has flown in a hot-air balloon at the world's largest ballooning event in New Mexico, rafted down swift rivers, backpacked through the Grand Canyon and Europe, and ridden in an open-air cockpit, World War II-era Stearman that did loops and rolls. His favorite vacations with his two young-but-inquisitive children are doing something active like riding the waves in Outer Banks, N.C., digging for Herkimer diamonds in upstate New York or tracking down celebs in New York City.
Kevin also does some photography, and one of his landscape works placed fourth in its division in the Texas State Fair in 1995 and was exhibited there. An Eagle Scout, Kevin earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1981.
Interests: Travel to just about anywhere, parenting, the Great Outdoors, astronomy, geology, archaeology, photography, sports, Stonehenge and similar sites.
Published writer: Yes