James Renner

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James Renner
from Renner's book jacket, 2012
Born James Renner
(1978-03-30) March 30, 1978 (age 37)
Kent, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Writer, director, producer
Children 2

James Renner is an American investigative reporter and film producer. He is from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a former writer for the Cleveland Scene and editor of the alternative newspaper, The Independent.[1] He was also a founding member of Last Call Cleveland. He is a graduate of Kent State University.


In the December 2004 issue of Cleveland Magazine, he was named one of the city's 30 most interesting people.

In 2004, Renner directed an adaptation of Stephen King's short story, All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.[2] King granted Renner the rights to adapt this story as part of his Dollar Baby program for aspiring filmmakers. It was an official selection at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival.

In October 2006, Gray & Co. released a book by Renner about his two-year-long investigation into the 1989 unsolved abduction/murder of 10 year-old Amy Mihaljevic. The title of the book is Amy: My Search for Her Killer.[3]

In July 2009, Renner released a documentary titled, Catching Salinger, online, in serialized form. The documentary is about reclusive author J.D. Salinger and the influences behind his famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye.[4]

Renner's first novel, The Man From Primrose Lane, was published by Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in March 2012.[5][6]

In January 2011, Renner announced his plans to delve into the Disappearance of Maura Murray, a nursing student at University of Massachusetts Amherst who went missing after a one car accident in Haverhill, New Hampshire.[7]

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  1. ^ "Cleveland Independent". Cleveland Independent. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  2. ^ "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (2004)". Internet Movie Data base (IMBD). Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  3. ^ Renner, James (2006). Amy: My Search for Her Killer. Cleveland: Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-019-5. 
  4. ^ "Catching Salinger". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Man From Primrose". Publishers Marketplace. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  6. ^ Mickunas, Vick. "Unsolved suicide mystery features the Loveland frog". Dayton Daily News (March 4, 2012) (Dayton, OH). Retrieved 12 July 2014 – via HighBeam Research. 
  7. ^ "The Coldest Cases". Wordpress.com. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 


  • Renner, James (2012). It Came From Ohio: True Tales of the Weird, Wild, and Unexplained. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-063-8
  • Renner, James (2008). The Serial Killer's Apprentice: And 12 Other True Stories of Cleveland's Most Intriguing Unsolved Crimes. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-046-1
  • Renner, James (2006). Amy: My Search for Her Killer: Secrets & Suspects in the Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Co. ISBN 978-1-59851-019-5.