Meet John Norberg!

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

Retired as Director of Communications for Development at Purdue University, and that Lafayette Journal and Courier, he began his humor column in 1971 while working at Brazil (IN) Daily Times. It appeared the Journal and Courier occasionally in 1972, and regularly from March of 1973 to October of 2014. During his time at J&C, he also known for award-winning news and feature stories, most about residents in north-central Indiana area. He is 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 author of eight published books, which wrote with Jerry Ross, the world’s at 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 role he played in establishing the International Space Station. It is available as e-book, edition is published in France and also available in paperback. Norberg’s eighth book, Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University this published by Purdue Press in May of 2019 as part of university’s sesquicentennial celebration. The book tells history of Purdue through stories of people.

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

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

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