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Hal Marcovitz has spent more than forty years as a journalist and author. Hal’s reporting career started in 1976 at the Pottsville Republican, a daily newspaper in Pennsylvania’s coal region. He joined the staff of the Doylestown Intelligencer in 1978 and the Allentown Morning Call in 1982, both newspapers based in Pennsylvania. During his newspaper career Hal won awards for news reporting and column writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. Hal covered politics for his entire career in journalism, giving him a unique insight into the reasons politicians do the often strange things that they do. Hal left daily journalism in 2006. In 1999, Hal started writing nonfiction books for young readers and, by 2021, he had authored more than 200 titles for several national publishers. His 2017 book for young readers, The Opioid Epidemic, was nominated for the $50,000 Kirkus Review Prize. He has also edited several books and was a contributing author to The Good Crisis, an examination of population issues in the 21st Century. Since 2015, he has served as a judge for the Eric Hoffer Award, a national literary contest.

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