Wes Smith

Wes Smith

Wes Smith is the author and collaborator on more than 45 published books, many of them best-sellers spanning the spiritual, motivational, health, medical, business, sports and current events categories.

As a collaborator, he has assisted many best-selling authors including Henry Winkler, Emmitt Smith, Nick Vujicic, Joel Osteen, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Earl G. Graves Sr., Stephen Covey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, Les Brown, Rev. Walt "Baby" Love, Stedman Graham, Isiah Thomas, Gladys Knight, "Body By Jake" Steinfeld, Pat Summerall, Fran Tarkenton, and many others. In several cases, Wes has done multiple books with these authors. For example, he has assisted with two Dr. Phil books as well as writing a book with Dr. Phil's son Jay and two books with Dr. Phil's co-producer Dr. Frank Lawlis.

A former national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Wes worked for the Tribune Company for 20 years. His journalism career also included stints at the Miami Herald, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution and the Orlando Sentinel. He has received five nominations for the Pulitzer Prize as a newspaper and magazine journalist. His magazine work has appeared in Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, The Robb Report, Biography, Parent, Muse and many other publications.

Wes and his wife Sarah have been married for more than 25years. They have a son Andrew, and a daughter Jessica. Natives of central Illinois, they now reside in Central Florida.

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BOOKS By Wes Smith

* 2001 Hope Meadows (Putnam\Berkeley) This book was featured on three episodes of the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Rosie and Oprah each donated $50,000 to Hope Meadows, the adoption community profiled in the book. Wes contributed half of his earnings to Hope Meadows, which recently received a multi-million dollar grant from the Kellogg Foundation for replication nationwide.

* 1989 The Pied Pipers of Rock n' Roll This history of black and white radio deejays received the Deems Taylor Award as the Best Book of the Year on Popular Music as chosen by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers. It also inspired two television documentaries. A related movie project is in the works.

* 1985 Welcome To The Real World (Ballantine humor) This humorous advice book has been excerpted in many humor collections and books of quotations, as well as in Reader's Digest.

* Every Day A Friday with Joel Osteen (Hachette)
* Life Without Limits with Nick Vujicic (Random House) International Bestseller
* Game On! with Emmitt Smith (Tyndale)
* I've Never Met An Idiot On The River with Henry Winkler (Insight Editions) New York Times Bestseller
* Life Is Yours To Win with Augie Garrido (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
* If At First You Don't Conceive with Dr. William Schoolcraft (Rodale)
* It's Your Time with Joel Osteen (Simon & Schuster) New York Times No. 1 Bestseller
* 32 Ways To Be A Champion in Business with Earvin "Magic" Johnson (Random House/Crown) A New York Times advice best seller and USA Today Money No. 1 Best Seller.
* Surrender All! With Joni Lamb (Random House)
* Mending The Broken Bond with Dr. Frank Lawlis (Viking)
* The Gospel According to Walt "Baby" Love (Touchstone Faith)
* Pat Summerall: On And Off The Air (Thomas Nelson)
* A Soldier's Promise with Master Sgt. Daniel Hendrex (Simon & Schuster)
* Family First with Dr. Phil McGraw (Simon & Schuster) A New York Times best seller
* The IQ Answer with Dr. Frank Lawlis (Viking) A New York Times advice bestseller
* I've Seen A Lot of Famous People with "Body By Jake" Steinfeld (AMACON) A Wall Street Journal and New York Times advice best seller
* You Are A Star (McGraw Hill) with Larry Thompson
* The ADD Answer with Dr. Frank Lawlis (Viking) New York Times best seller.
* Close The Gap (S&S) with Jay McGraw. A New York Times best seller.
* The Fundamentals (HarperCollins) with Isiah Thomas
* Build A Life Brand (Simon & Schuster) with Stedman Graham
* Investing In The Dream (Hyperion) with Jesse B. Brown
* Black Lies, White Lies (William Morrow) with Tony Brown
* Success Runs In Our Race (William Morrow) with George C. Fraser,
* Living The 7 Habits (Simon & Schuster) with Stephen Covey. A New York Times best seller
* Between Each Line of Pain & Glory (Hyperion) with Gladys Knight, a New York Times best seller
* PowerLiving! (Random House) with Jake Steinfeld
* You Can Make It Happen (Simon & Schuster) with Stedman Graham
* It's Not Over Until You Win! (Simon & Schuster) with Les Brown
* What Losing Taught Me (Simon & Schuster) with Fran Tarkenton
* How To Succeed In Business Without Being White (HarperCollins) with Earl Graves A New York Times best seller
* Live Your Dreams (William Morrow) with Les Brown

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