John Batchelor has been writing about food, wine, travel, and history for over 35 years. He writes the fine dining restaurant review column for the Greensboro News and Record and formerly for the Winston-Salem Journal. Over a thousand of his articles have been published.
His book, Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina, was published by John F. Blair in Winston-Salem in 2012. Blair published Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants and Recipes from the North Carolina Coast in June 2015. Louisiana State University Press published Race and Education in North Carolina: from Segregation to Desegregation in December 2015.
He has re-retired from his “real job.” He was a teacher in Guilford County and an administrator in several North Carolina school systems, including superintendent of two districts in the eastern part of the state. Both districts where he was superintendent were rated among the lowest 12 in the state on academic achievement when he went there; when he retired, every school in the district was rated “Exemplary.” He retired the first time in 1999, then worked as a leadership and school improvement consultant with the Success For All Foundation and the Center for Data Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, both in Baltimore. He retired again in 2009 and he intends to stick with it this time, concentrating on writing.
He has written several books in the field of history, as well as articles about personnel management and school system governance. He was co-author of the first edition of The American Nation, a best-selling US History textbook published by Prentice-Hall in the mid-1980s. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Guilford College, where he was awarded the Newlin History Scholarship; a master’s degree in history from UNC-Greensboro; and a doctorate from NC State, where he received the Hodnett Doctoral Fellowship.