Dr. MICHAEL S. SWEENEY is a professor at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where he serves as director of the graduate program and teaches print journalism courses. He has written a variety of books for National Geographic Books, including God Grew Tired of Us,Brain: The Complete Mind, and BrainWorks. He also has published academically on the history of wartime journalism, and particularly on the methods and effectiveness of censorship in wartime. His first book, Secrets of Victory, about the American Office of Censorship in World War II, was named book of the year for 2001 by the American Journalism Historians Association. He is associate editor of Journalism History, a quarterly academic journal published at the Scripps School. Dr. Sweeney received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, his master's from the University of North Texas, and his Ph.D. from Ohio University.
He lives in Athens, Ohio, with his wife, Carolyn.