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BOB WELCH is the author of more than two dozen books, including American Nightingale, an Oregon Book Award finalist and featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America”; The Wizard of Foz, Track & Field Writers of America’s 2019 Book of the Year; Saving My Enemy: How Two WWII Soldiers Fought Against Each Other and Later Forged a Friendship That Saved Their Lives; and Cross Purposes: One Believer’s Struggle to Reconcile the Peace of Christ with the Rage of the Far Right.

A longtime columnist at The Register-Guard in Eugene, he twice won the National Society of Newspaper​ Columnists’ “Best Writing” category, once for general columns and once for humor.

Welch worked at The Register-Guard full-time from 1989 to 2013. He earlier worked at The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon (1976-1983) and The Journal-American in Bellevue, Washington (1983-1989).

Articles of his have appeared in numerous magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest and Los Angeles Times.

Welch is founder/director of the Beachside Writers Workshop and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. He is a 1976 graduate of the school.

Welch speaks from coast to coast, inspiring audiences on topics related to his books.

He lives in Eugene with wife Sally.


Eric Alan


December 2013

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