Bill Bishop, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, blogged on Texas politics for the Austin American-Statesman where his posts grew into a series of articles, written in collaboration with sociologist and statistician Robert Cushing, called "The Great Divide." The series received a great deal of national attention and was the genesis for "The Big Sort". Bishop has worked at the "Mountain Eagle", a weekly paper in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and has taught at Duke University. He and his wife owned and operated the "Bastrop Country Times", a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas.Bishop, Bill is the author of 'The Big Sort', published 2008 under ISBN 9780618689354 and ISBN 0618689354.