Robin Yocum is known for his fiction set in the Ohio River Valley. His latest novel, A Welcome Murder, will be released in April 2017 by Seventh Street Books.
He is the author of three additional works of fiction:
A Brilliant Death (2016 – Seventh Street Books);
The Essay (2012 – Arcade Publishing); and
Favorite Sons (2011 – Arcade Publishing)
Favorite Sons was name the 2011 Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense by USA Book News.
He also has written two works of non-fiction: Dead Before Deadline . . . and Other Tales from the Police Beat (2004 – University of Akron Press); and and Insured for Murder (1992 – Prometheus Books), which he co-authored with Cathy Candisky.
Yocum joined the Columbus Dispatch in 1980. He worked at the paper for 11 years, including six years as the senior reporter on the investigative desk. He won more than 30 local, state and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing. Before joining the investigative team, he covered the police beat for four years, which was the basis for his book, Dead Before Deadline.
Prior to joining the Dispatch, Yocum was the associate sports editor of the Martins Ferry, Ohio, Times Leader, and a reporter for the Lancaster, Ohio, Eagle-Gazette.
He is the principle at Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing consulting firm in Galena, Ohio, that he founded in 2001.
Yocum grew up in the Ohio River village of Brilliant, Ohio.
He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.