Title: Author and Journalist
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Raymond D. Locker has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing.
An award-winning reporter, journalist and author, Mr. Locker is highly regarded for his integrity and talent writing about hot button issues surrounding politics and international affairs. He first came to prominence as a writer in 1982 as a reporter for Lake Wales Highlander in Lake Wales, FL. Shortly thereafter, he reported for the Montgomery Advertiser where he established himself as an emerging writer in the region. In 1987, Mr. Locker joined the writing staff at The Tampa Tribune, where he remained for the next 13 years in several roles including political reporter, Washington correspondent, political columnist, night metro editor, political editor and senior editor. By this point in his career, Mr. Locker was considered a leader in his field by industry experts which afforded him the opportunity to write for such prominent publications as the LA Times, The Associated Press and USA Today. The highlight of Mr. Locker’s career was being cited by Secretary Robert Gates after writing a piece in USA Today regarding roadside bombs in Iraq. Secretary Gates notes that he made the decision to spend $50 billion on M-RAP vehicles to protect the troops after reading the article.
In addition to his work as a journalist, Mr. Locker is an author of two books. “Nixon’s Gamble” was published in 2015 and “Haig’s Coup” in 2019. When asked of his success in his career, he credits his strong interest in reading and current events as his driving forces. To prepare for a writing career, Mr. Locker first pursued and completed his education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 followed by a Master of Science in journalism from Ohio University in 1984. In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Mr. Locker was the recipient of a Watch Dog Award from USA Today. Looking ahead, Mr. Locker intends to continue writing while seeking out new opportunities in his field to support young writers.
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