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Featured Member – Dennis Hetzel

dennis-hetzelOne of GETDOT’s members weaves between the worlds of fact and fiction.

By day, Dennis Hetzel is executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association. But that’s not all — he’s president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government.

He began his journalism career as a weekly sports editor in the Chicago suburbs. He would go on to be a reporter, editor, general manager and publisher at several newspapers, including the Cincinnati Enquirer and the York, Pa., Daily Record — where he was editor and publisher for 13 years. Throughout his journalistic journey, he’d been honored with a number of awards.

But when he’s off the clock, Hetzel enters the world of his imagination. His first novel, “Killing the Curse,” was recently published. This is a must-read for any sports fan – especially those who love the Chicago Cubs.

The fictional page-turner follows a crazed Cubs fan who will do anything to make sure his team wins. Anything.

The novel is available at many bookstores and libraries. If not, you can always ask for it. Booksellers can order it from their usual suppliers. And it’s always available from Amazon.com – both in print and as an e-book through Kindle and Nook.

Hetzel discovered GETDOT after moving to Columbus in 2010. He wanted to bring new people into his life for both personal and professional reasons.

Curse cover wth awardsHe has since made wonderful friends within his adopted community as well as number of important business connections. Furthermore, he’s been inspired by GETDOT’s continuous charitable efforts.

Finally, he enjoys the opportunity to help other members with advice or career suggestions.

Fun fact: Hetzel isn’t just a wordsmith. He plays guitar in an acoustic trio called “Phil’s Five & Dime,” which includes fellow author and “Killing the Curse” contributor Rick Robinson on mandolin.

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