Todd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. Over 1,500 people have participated in the Veterans Breakfast Club’s programs and activities over the past two years.
Todd is the author of BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton), which won the 2009 Anne M. Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure and was a 2009 Eisner Award nominee. Todd is general editor of Fantagraphics Books’ complete Mauldin series, which so far includes the acclaimed WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS (2008) and WILLIE & JOE: BACK HOME (2011). Todd is collaborating with Wind and Stars Production Group to write and co-produce a documentary film on Bill Mauldin to be aired on public television in 2014.
Todd’s previous books include CITIZEN HOBO: HOW A CENTURY OF HOMELESSNESS SHAPED AMERICA (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and THE ROAD BY JACK LONDON (Rutgers University Press, 2006). He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University where in 2008 he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.