Berner will work in the attic office at the Hemingway Birthplace Home, 339 N. Oak Park Avenue. He is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago.
His first book, Accidental Lessons (Strategic Publishing) was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There (Dream of Things Publishing) won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer's Association for nontraditional nonfiction and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Award. His collection of essays There's a Hamster in the Dashboard (Dream of Things Publishing) was released on Father's Day, June 21, 2015. Windy City Reviews called it "a book to be read and re-read, a return to childhood and growing up with companions that truly mattered."
In 2011, David was named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project. He lived and worked in Kerouac's historic home in Orlando for a period of three months.
You also may have heard his voice regularly on the radio. He's a reporter and anchor on CBS radio (WBBM, Chicago) and regularly fills in as the morning news anchor on WXRT, Chicago. David also produced audio documentaries for public radio stations.
David grew up in Pittsburgh, but calls the Chicago area his home.