Rob Warden

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Rob Warden
Born Rob L. Warden
(1940-11-25) November 25, 1940 (age 76)
Carthage, Missouri
Residence Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, American Journalist
Employer Chicago Lawyer, Northwestern School of Law

Rob Warden is an American journalist. He was the executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law. He retired in 2014[1] and is now Executive Director, Emeritus.[2] An award-winning legal affairs journalist, he is the co-author with David Protess of A Promise of Justice on the pardons of the Ford Heights Four, and Gone in the Night on the reversal of David Dowaliby's wrongful conviction for the murder of his adopted daughter.[3] He provides a legal analysis in the 2005 Northwestern edition reprinting of The Dead Alive, a 19th-century novel by Wilkie Collins based on the 1819 wrongful murder conviction of the Boorn Brothers. A recipient of numerous journalism awards, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2004. Warden founded the monthly journal Chicago Lawyer in 1978, serving as editor and publisher until 1989.[4] Before that, he was an award-winning journalist on the Chicago Daily News.


Profile by Mara Tapp in the Chicago Tribune:

Rob Warden and David Protess are about the last people a prosecutor wants to see waiting outside the courtroom. That is just the way they like it, because they have spent their professional lives as journalists warning as loudly as they could of the unexamined power of the government to destroy innocent people through the power of wrongful prosecution.[5]


  • Tuohy, James; Warden, Rob (1989). Greylord : justice, Chicago style. Putnam. ISBN 9780399133855. 
  • Protess, David; Warden, Rob (1993). Gone in the Night. Delacorte. ISBN 978-0-385-30619-5. 
  • Protess, David; Warden, Rob (1998). A Promise of Justice. Hyperion. ISBN 978-0-7868-6294-8. 
  • Collins, Wilkie; Warden, Rob (2005). Wilkie Collins's The dead alive : the novel, the case, and wrongful convictions. Northwestern University Press. ISBN 978-0-8101-2294-9. 
  • Warden, Rob; Drizen, Steven A. (2009). True stories of false confessions. Northwestern University Press. ISBN 9780810126039. 


  1. ^ "Advocates for the Wrongfully Convicted Honor Rob Warden". Northwestern University News. 
  2. ^ "Rob Warden". Biography at Center on Wrongful Convictions. 
  3. ^ "David Dowaliby". Bluhm Legal Clinic, Center on Wrongful Convictions. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Front & Center with John Callaway: Covering the U.S. Military". Chicago: Pritzker Military Museum & Library. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  5. ^ Tapp, Mara (February 14, 1999). "Courtroom Crusaders: When They First Met, Warden and Protess Were on Opposite Sides of an Issue". Chicago Tribune.  Reprinted by Truth in Justice here [1].

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