Edward McClelland is a native of Lansing, Mich., which is also the birthplace of Burt Reynolds and the Oldsmobile.

Ted’s most recent book, Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland, released in 2013 by Bloomsbury Press, is a history of the Rust Belt, inspired by seeing the Fisher Body plant across the street from his old high school torn down.

After getting his start in journalism at the Lansing Community College Lookout, Ted went on to work for the Chicago Reader, where he met Barack Obama during his failed 2000 campaign for Congress. His coverage of that race became the basis of Young Mr, Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President. His book The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes, a travelogue of a 10,000-mile journey around the Lakes, won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award in General Nonfiction. He is currently working on a book about Midwestern speech and sayings, to be released in November 2016 by Belt Publishing.

Ted’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles TimesColumbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate, and Playboy.