2020

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is a journalist and author of thirteen books, including “Hue 1968,” “Black Hawk Down,” and “Killing Pablo.” He is a regular contributor to The Atlantic, Air Mail, and other publications.

His books on war, football, crime, and science have won many awards and have regularly appeared on The New York Times bestseller lists. “Black Hawk Down” was adapted into an Academy Award-winning motion picture, and three others are currently being adapted into TV series. He spent sixteen years teaching, first at Loyola University in Maryland, and then at The University of Delaware, where he was the writer in residence from 2015-2017.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1951, Bowden grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, New York, and Baltimore. After graduating from Loyola in 1973, Bowden worked for The Baltimore News-American. He joined the staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1979, where, among other things, he covered science, football, transportation, politics, crime, and did extensive national and international reporting. He and his wife Gail have five grown children and two granddaughters. They live in Kennett Square, PA.