WILLIAM J. McGEE was born in New York City and received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Among other pursuits, he teaches undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing; represents travelers as a consumer advocate in Washington; and is an award-winning investigative journalist and columnist. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Reports Travel Letter and currently contributes to Consumer Reports and writes a monthly travel column for USA Today. His journalism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Money, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo.com, DailyBeast.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and many other print and online publications. He also worked in airline flight operations management and served in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. McGee is the author of "Attention All Passengers" (HarperCollins, 2012), a nonfiction exposé of the airline industry, and "Half The Child", which was a semi-finalist in both the 2017 James Jones First Novel Competition and the 2017 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.