Updated: December 6, 2010 11:49AM
Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His work has also appeared in Playboy magazine, the Chicago Reader and the Journal of Country Music, published by the Country Music Hall of Fame.
"Ticket To Everywhere," his collection of Sun-Times travel columns, was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He also wrote "Farm Aid: A Song For America" (Rodale Press, 2005) and since 1990 he has been contributing writer to "The Unofficial Guide To Chicago" travel series (Wiley Press). Since 1993 Hoekstra has written a regular baseball column for the Midwest League's Kane County Cougars in Geneva, Ill.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick-O-Type Award for Column Writing. He wrote and co-produced the WTTW-Channel 11 special "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Program---Cultural Significance.
He lives in Chicago.