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Nick Hayes is a writer, professor and commentator for the media.  A frequent guest on television and radio, he has also published nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and journals.  He has received awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program and also won an Emmy in 1991 for his work on Twin Cities Public Television’s (TPT’s) Television and Democracy in Russia.  Today, he is a professor of history and holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John’s University in Minnesota and is a contributing writer for www.MinnPost.com – the premier political blog in Minnesota. You can access his articles for MinnPost.com at www.minnpost.com/author/nick-hayes. Additionally, Nick is the founding editor of the Avon Hills Salon blog, a blog he started with colleagues from St. John’s University, where they touch on a variety of topics. His first work of creative non-fiction, a memoir And One Fine Morning Memories of My Father (Nodin 2010) was a regional best seller.  He is currently working on a second memoir, “Looking for Leningrad: My Soviet Life.”