Don Canaan went from a Bronx tenement to success in television news film, immigration to Israel, return to the U.S. and then to print journalism.
He edited news film and documentaries for NBC News in New York, receiving a joint editorial commendation (as Donald Swerdlow) for Producer Fred Freed’s “American White Paper: Organized Crime in the United States.” In 1974, Canaan immigrated to Israel as part of an American group planning to found and settle in the new city of Yamit in the Sinai, north of El Arish. Upon returning to the U.S, Canaan became a unemployment statistic because news film had been superseded by videotape, which was controlled by a different union..
Ohio State University's School of Journalism came to the rescue with an offer to earn a master's degree while serving as an assistant in its TV news workshop.
Canaan was hired as staff writer and photographer for The American Israelite in Cincinnati where he enterprised many stories.. His series, "Jews in Ohio's Prisons: Does Anybody Care?" won first place for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.
He is the author of “Horror in Hocking County” (a true-crime documentation of alleged satanic murders.
Shawn Graves was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California where she now lives in Exeter with her youngest daughter and a slightly psychotic cat.
Except for a few years living in the Napa Valley and then Oregon, she has resided in the
same area for her entire life. Graves is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to two adorable grandsons.
For the past twenty-five years, this former welfare mother has worked as a nurse in a variety of settings; hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, jails. And for the past ten years, has been employed for a county social services program.
Graves is an avid reader, political and news junkie, crime show addict. and active participant in her church,
As a young, single mom, she determined that nursing was a practical career to pursue and
this has proven to be very satisfying. But in recent years, Graves has rediscovered her old
passion for writing and indulges it at every opportunity.