John Strohmeyer was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent several decades as a working journalist, including as an editor at the now-defunct Bethlehem Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984. John Strohmeyer won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1984 to research and write about the decline of the American steel industry, which became the book Crisis in Bethlehem: Big Steel's Struggle to Survive. In 1992, Bob Atwood brought him to Alaska, to lecture in journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage in a position endowed by Atwood. While there, Strohmeyer wrote Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska. Strohmeyer also wrote Atwood's biography, which was never published due to a dispute which arose after Atwood's death between Strohmeyer and Atwood's daughter Elaine.
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- Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
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