Meet John Norberg!


John Norberg is an Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame writer, author, humorist and chronicler of the human condition living in Lafayette. He is the father of three adult children and has five grandchildren to spoil.

Retired as Director of Communications for Development at Purdue University and from the Lafayette Journal and Courier, he began his humor column in 1971 while working at the Brazil (IN) Daily Times. It appeared in the Journal and Courier occasionally in 1972 and regularly from March of 1973 to October of 2014. During his time at the J&C, he also was known for award-winning news and feature stories, most about residents in the north-central Indiana area. He has received more than 50 state and national reporting awards and his induction into the Journalism Hall of Fame was in September of 2016.

A nationally respected, award-winning speechwriter and public speaker, Norberg is the author of eight published books, one of which he wrote with Jerry Ross, the world’s most frequent flier in space with seven launches. Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer details Ross’ journey from a loving family in rural Indiana to the role he played in establishing the International Space Station. It is available as an e-book, an edition has been published in France and it is also available in paperback. Norberg’s eighth book, Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University was published by Purdue Press in May of 2019 as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. The book tells the history of Purdue through the stories of people.

Born April 12, 1948 in Oak Park, Illinois, Norberg grew up on the north and northwest sides of Chicago in Skokie and Mount Prospect. He graduated from DePauw University in Indiana in 1970 and settled in that state. He started his newspaper career at the Brazil Daily Times before signing on at the Journal and Courier in 1972. He left the newspaper business in 2000 to become a speechwriter for the president of Purdue but continued to write his weekly humor column for the J&C. Some of his columns are posted at this website.

Norberg has written articles for various national publications, including the Saturday Evening Post, USA Today, the Christian Science Moniter and Time magazine. He has been interviewed on the CBS News Sunday Morning Show, NPR’s Big Picture Science, and many newspapers, radio, and TV news shows. He was honored with the prestigious Purdue University Special Boilermaker Award for his contributions to the University.

Besides his family and writing, Norberg is fond of old movies, sports (Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Black Hawks, and Purdue Boilermakers), singing in the car, travel, and ice cream, not necessarily in that order.