Rick Bowers worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than fifteen years, reporting for the Patriot Ledger, the Miami Herald, and USA Today. His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Time. Working with AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the Library of Congress, he directed Voices of Civil Rights, a multimedia project that gathered thousands of first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement to form the world’s largest archive of testimonials from the era, winning numerous awards. He is currently the Director of Creative Initiatives at AARP. He lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, with his wife and two daughters.