About the author

Janice Hisle

<p>Janice Hisle established herself as a bulldog news reporter&mdash;with a heart&mdash;during more than two decades as a professional journalist. She would fight, scratch and claw for public records yet wrote tragic stories with a soft touch.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>‚Äč</strong>After more than two decades as a full-time writer for daily newspapers, Janice became a freelance writer. She spent eighteen months writing and researching her first book,&nbsp;<em>Submerged: Ryan Widmer, his drowned bride and the justice system.</em></p> <p>The book has generated standing-room-only crowds at several venues; Janice and the book have been featured on&nbsp;CNN, Cincinnati TV news programs,&nbsp;and a variety of&nbsp;podcasts and radio programs.</p> <p>As a writer for&nbsp;<em>The Cincinnati Enquirer</em>, Janice covered every aspect of the Widmer bathtub-drowning case through three spellbinding trials. Unanswered questions compelled her to write&nbsp;<em>Submerged</em>&nbsp;in time for the tenth anniversary of the case in August 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>During her 15 years at the&nbsp;<em>Enquirer,&nbsp;</em>Janice earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from The Press Club of Cleveland. Her award-winning work included articles on teen-driving safety, political campaign contributions, personality profiles, breaking news, investigative database projects and the Widmer case.&nbsp;</p> <p>Janice participated in a panel discussion about the Widmer case at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, in 2010, and also gave a presentation about the case at the University of Cincinnati&rsquo;s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2011. More recently, she was re-invited to give presentations&nbsp;about SUBMERGED&nbsp;at both of those institutions in 2018-19.</p> <p>Janice formerly worked for&nbsp;<em>The Dayton Daily News, The Vindicator&nbsp;</em>(Youngstown, Ohio), and&nbsp;<em>The Record-Courier&nbsp;</em>(Kent-Ravenna, Ohio), and is a current member of The Authors Guild.</p> <p>Janice graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, with a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in journalism/news-editorial.</p> <p>Her work has focused mainly on public safety and criminal justice, including coverage of dozens of murder cases, with occasional articles on business, health and fitness. When she&#39;s not writing, she is a sought-after nationally certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.</p> <p></p>