An award-winning, nationally published journalist, Daniel P. Smith left his career as a high school teacher behind in 2004 to pursue the writing life. Less than five months removed from the classroom and 23 years old, Smith teamed with Chicago-based Lake Claremont Press to pen On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department, his first book and one inspired by his roots in a Chicago Police family.
A noted speaker, Smith has appeared on WGN-TV, Chicago Public Radio, Fox News, and WGN Radio as well as the History Channel's &amp;amp;amp;quot;Our Generation&amp;amp;amp;quot; series, where he discussed the 1968 Democratic National Convention and Chicago Police response. He is presently working with photographer and fellow Chicagoan Brian Palm to share the stories and images of Chicago’s fading buildings.
Smith’s journalistic work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Southtown Star, USA Cycling, ELITE, Competitor, and Catholic New World. He has filled the role of lead researcher and writer on a number of Chicago-centric book projects, including a comprehensive history of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a 150-year history of St. Patrick High School, his alma mater. He presently serves on the Chicago Writer Association's board of directors and heads the association's Speakers Bureau.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also an accomplished track and field athlete, Smith lives in the Chicago area with his wife Tina and dog Dublin.
Nonfiction and journalism
Author of On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department