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Ronald Yates

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Ronald E. Yates

Ronald E. Yates is Dean Emeritus of the College of Media at the
University of Illinois. Yates, who is also a professor of journalism, was
appointed Dean in August 2003 after heading the College of Media’s
Department of Journalism.

He joined the University of Illinois as Journalism Department Head in
1997 following a 25-year career with the Chicago Tribune as an
award-winning foreign correspondent, senior writer and editor. He
stepped down as Dean in Sept. 2010 to concentrate on writing and
film projects.

Journalism Career

While at the Chicago Tribune, Yates accumulated extensive
international experience. He lived and worked 18 years as a foreign
correspondent in Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America where he
covered several wars and revolutions from the 1970s into the 1990s,
including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975, the
Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing in 1989, and political upheavals
in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and The Philippines. He also
covered wars and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

In addition to reporting on the political and social changes in these
countries Prof. Yates spent many years documenting the shifting
global economic conditions that are reshaping traditional business
affiliations between the United States and its foreign trading partners.

His work as a foreign correspondent resulted in four Pulitzer Prize
nominations and several other awards. In 1990 he received a
commendation from the Gerald Loeb foundation for an in-depth
series of stories entitled: "Vanishing Borders: Trade in the 1990s"
and he has also won the Inter-American Press Association's Tom
Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America. His work
as a foreign correspondent was rewarded by the Tribune with three
Edward Scott Beck Awards and in 1993 Yates won the Peter Lisagor
Award from the Professional Society of Journalists for excellence in
business writing. Before joining the Tribune in 1970 Yates served with
U.S. Military Intelligence in Germany as an intelligence analyst.


Prof. Yates is a frequent speaker at seminars and symposiums
dealing with such diverse topics as war correspondence,
international affairs, relations between Asia and the United States
and the critical topic of how American companies are competing
globally. He has spoken at seminars sponsored by Northwestern
University, the University of Chicago, the U.S. Automotive Export
Council, the International Trade Association, the World Trade Center,
the Council on Competitiveness, the Competitiveness Policy Council
and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, to name a few.

He is author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A
Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. He is also the author of
Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey
Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese.
Prof. Yates also wrote and published two text books for use in
journalism classes: The Journalist's Handbook and International
Reporting and Foreign Correspondents.

His latest work is the first book in a trilogy of novels entitled: Finding Billy Battles,
published in December 2013.

Professional History

In addition to his work as a foreign and national correspondent, Prof.
Yates spent 1982 to 1985 in the world of senior management as the
Chicago Tribune's metropolitan editor and national editor—positions
in which he supervised a staff of some 240 reporters and editors.
Prof. Yates also has taught journalism, writing and international
studies at California State University, Fullerton, Cal., Orange County
California Community College and the Oakton Community College
system in Chicago.

While in Japan Prof. Yates wrote the popular TOKYO EXPRESS
column for Japan's Mainichi Daily News and was a columnist for the
Japanese edition of Playboy Magazine. He is senior editorial adviser
to the China Financial Weekly, published by the Financial Relations
Board and writes frequently for several Asia-based publications.

Prof. Yates is a native of Kansas City, Mo. He is an honors graduate
of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of
Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, CA., and speaks
several foreign languages, including German, Spanish and

Interests: I write both fiction and non-fiction. My non-fiction work mirrors my journalistic career--international affairs, culture and politics. My fiction work is what I call historical faction--fictional characters in real historical situations.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Finding Billy Battles: An Account of Peril, Transgression and Redemption
  • Nonfiction

  • South America 78
  • Business & Financial Reporting in a Global Economy
  • Kikkoman Chronicles (U.S. Edition)
  • Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey Through Japan
  • Kikkoman Chronicles (Taiwan Edition)
  • International Reporting & Foreign Correspondents
  • Kikkoman Chronicles (Mainland China Edition)
  • The Journalist's Handbook: A Guide to the Art and Craft of Journalism