The Scott Helmer Show • ORIGINAL AIR DATE: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
GUEST: Liz Crokin • Author & Investigative Journalist
Liz Crokin is an award-winning author, a seasoned journalist and an advocate for sex crime victims. Liz began her journey at the University of Iowa where she received a bachelor’s in journalism and political science. She took advantage of living in the first-in-the-nation caucus state to work on John Kasich and George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns. Her experience landed her an internship working for Bill O’Reilly at Fox News Channel and then to Washington DC where she interned for the State Department’s White House Correspondent which planted her in the White House daily.
After 9/11, Liz moved to Chicago to cover crime and politics as a reporter for the City News bureau at the Chicago Tribune. In 2003, Liz debuted her own column in the RedEye Edition of the Chicago Tribune. She covered several high-profile politicians and celebrities -- including President Barack Obama and Oprah – and broke dozens of scandalous stories that made national headlines for the next seven years.
In 2010, Liz moved to Hollywood to work full-time as a reporter for Us Weekly. She’s also contributed to the Chicago Sun-Times: Splash, In Touch Weekly, Star, National Enquirer, Life & Style, Radar, OK!, Closer and Elite Daily. She’s traveled the world covering celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Ecuador to Salt Lake City to cover 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
In the fall of 2012, Liz found herself hospitalized with hsv-meningitis and the potentially fatal meningoencephalitis. Her devastating illness was the result of a sexual assault. This experience inspired Liz to write her political romantic thriller, Malice. In 2015, Malice won an award at the Hollywood Book Festival. Liz does charity work to help other sex crime survivors and gives speeches based about this life-changing event. Liz continues to freelance write, work as an on-air talent and is currently writing the sequel to Malice and the screenplay version.