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Since 1969, journalist John DeDakis has worked in radio and television newsrooms in Wisconsin, Germany, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Highlights of John's career include getting tear gassed while covering the anti-Vietnam War riots in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; doing a 40-minute, one-on-one radio interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1973 during a stint in the Army at the American Forces Network (AFN)-Europe; and covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.
In 1988, John joined CNN as a writer. From 2001 to 2005, I supervised the writing on "Daybreak" anchored by Carol Costello. Currently, John is an editor and writer on "The Situation Room" (Weekdays, 4pm - 7pm ET) anchored by Wolf Blitzer.
John grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977).
John is the author of two novels, Fast Track and Bluff.
The name DeDakis first appeared in the Chicago phone book about 1915 as a typographical error. John's grandfather, who had just immigrated from Greece, felt the accidental capitalization of the second D made the name look more "dignified" so, Dedakis became DeDakis. It's pronounced dih-DAY-kiss.
John's wife Cindy is a musician. They have three children.
Web site: http://www.johndedakis.com/#
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