Mark Kram Jr. worked at the Detroit Free Press and the Baltimore News American before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 1987. He contributes the “American Read” essay for Business Day Sports Monthly in Cape Town, South Africa and his work has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing anthology six times. The Associated Press Sports Editors have awarded him first place prizes for feature writing in 2008 and for explanatory reporting in 2009 and 2010. The Society of Professional Journalists honored him with the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature writing. He lives in Haddonfield, NJ with his wife and two daughters. "Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion" is his first book.