Bob Welch is a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and teacher who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is well-known as a columnist for The Register-Guard, Oregon’s second-largest newspaper.
Welch has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’s highest award for writing. In addition, he has won dozens of other journalism awards, including the 2010 and 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s “Best Writing” awards. Other honors include the Seattle Times C.B. Blethen Award for Distinguished Feature Writing.
In 2005, Welch founded the Beachside Writers Workshop in the Oregon coast town of Yachats. Since then, more than 500 students have attended the 15 workshops.
He and his wife, Sally, live in Eugene. They are parents of two adult sons, who also live in Eugene with their families, and grandparents of four. Welch enjoys sailing, backpacking, used-bookstore browsing and University of Oregon sports spectating.
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