Richard Reeder was born and raised in Chicago and continues to live in the Chicago area with his wife, Anne. Educated in the Chicago public schools, he has two degrees from Roosevelt University. His multifaceted career includes working as a caseworker, elementary school teacher, employment counselor, research assistant, and executive in government and non-profit agencies. Richard remains active as a consultant, writer, college instructor and community volunteer. Chicago Sketches (Amika Press) is his first book.