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SonnyLong

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I am the author of the true crime book "Among Murderers and Madness" as well as co-author of "Bad News for McEnroe" with former tennis professional Bill Scanlon.

I self-published two books, "A Long Look at Life, Volume 1: Prose and Poetry and Volume 2: The Collected Columns.

I am also a former Ranging Reporter for the Victoria Advocate (2005-14), DeWitt County and Lavaca County were my primary territories. I also handled stories on the non-profit beat.

I've been writing since elementary school when I penned my first poem.

Born in Dothan, Ala., the son of a coach, I spent my youth in Pelham, Ga., Thomasville, Ga., and my high school days in Adel, Ga. I attended Valdosta State College before joining the U.S. Army in 1976.

In the Army I was as editor of the Fort Ord Panorama base newspaper and in the public relations office of the Third U.S. Infantry, the Old Guard, the Presidential Honor Guard based near Washington, D.C. While in Washington, I covered the Old Guard's participation in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., as well as at numerous ceremonial functions at the White House and Pentagon.

I am journalism graduate of Auburn University with a Master's Degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

While at Auburn University, I worked as a student assistant in the Sports Information Office and as a stringer for local and state newspapers. After graduation, I worked as a public relations assistant in the Southeastern Conference Commissioner's Office in Birmingham. I was an assistant editor of an SEC Football Media Guide that was honored nationally by the Sports Information Directors of America as Best in the Nation.

After completing graduate work at the University of Texas, I worked out of the Dallas office as publications specialists for Host Communications based in Lexington, Ky. The publications I was responsible for included media guides and game programs for UT, Southern Methodist University and the Cotton Bowl.

I then worked as sports editor of the Citizens-Journal, an Atlanta, Texas bi-weekly newspaper until 1990. While there, I won an East Texas Press Association Award for column writing.

I founded Pine Country Media in 1991 as the Pine Country Bulletin, a free, three-time weekly community newspaper in newsletter format that received critical acclaim as a news source in East Texas.

Expansion came in 1992 with the Pine Country Magazine -- a keepsake four-color publication -- which was published semiannually. The Internet regional news service, eTexasNews.com, went on-line in September of 1997.

Pine County Media was dissolved in 2005 when I went to work for the Advocate.

Hometown

Adel, GA

Affiliations

Auburn University, University of Texas, Lifeway Baptist Church

Interests

Hobbies

Fantasy sports

Music

Rock (old and new), "Texas" music

Books

almost anything by John Grisham and Dean Koontz

Movies

Well-written comedies

TV shows

Law & Order, Criminal Minds, NCIS

Websites

www.SonnyLong.com