David Himmel is a literary and award-winning journalistic mercenary. His pursuits of the greater good have led him to be an oldies radio DJ, a marketing director, several different team mascots, the editor in chief of a health magazine, a Second City-trained actor, a stand-up comic, and the owner of three Volkswagen hatchbacks.
He is the author of The Last DJ: The Life and Times of a 20-Something Oldies Disc Jockey (Literate Ape Press) and A Camp Story (History Press). His short stories have been published in literary collections and magazines. He has also written well-received comedic plays on his own and as an associate artist with The Fine Print Theatre, and was the head writer on Greetings! From Prison, the award-winning web series. Himmel has had lunch with Dick Cheney, opened for The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and other acts, sold some fiction, written for a variety of publications, media sources and corporate entities. In May 2007, he wrote the first cover profile on Kim Kardashian for the now defunct Racket Magazine. In it, he predicted exactly the Kardashian-influenced world we live in today. Blame Himmel. He deserves it and accepts it.
Himmel is a Peter Lisagor Award winner. He is co-editor and a contributor of the literary magazine Literate Ape and co-hosts the Literate ApeCast podcast. He routinely writes and edits for POLITICO, and writes the column, "Reasonable Hypochondria" for Chicago Health magazine. Himmel occasionally performs at storytelling events such as The Moth and Mortified, and others. He serves on the Associate Board of Gilda's Club Chicago. If you're not familiar with the club, you should look into it. It helps makes cancer less awful and is a far better use of your time than keeping up with the Kardashians. He lives in Chicago with his creative director wife and their gassy infant son.