Bob Zeller is the author or co-author of a dozen trade books and publications on topics ranging from the history of the Daytona 500 to the photography of the Civil War. The common thread is his love for storytelling.
With his discoveries in Civil War photography, his award-winning work as a NASCAR motorsports writer, his early career as an investigative newspaper reporter and his other pursuits, Zeller has made a career of digging up hidden stories and bringing them to light.
His most recent book is Lincoln in 3-D, (Chronicle Books, 2010), co-authored with John J. Richter. His The Civil War in Depth – History in 3-D, (Chronicle Books, 1997) was the first book to show Civil War photos in their original stereoscopic format. He also wrote the only book-length, scholarly history of Civil War photography, The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography, (Praeger, 2005).
Jacob’s Run (Whittler’s Bench Press, 2007), co-authored with John Beshears, is Zeller’s first novel. It’s a story of slave life insurance fraud in Wilmington, N.C. and the Yankee insurance adjuster who comes south on the eve of the Civil War to expose the crime.
As co-founder and president of the non-profit Center for Civil War Photography, Inc., Zeller is a leading authority on the subject. As a motorsports writer, Zeller has written or co-written books with NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace, and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. He is also the author of Daytona 500 – An Official History (David Bull Publishing, 2002). He is a two-time winner of the Russ Catlin Award – the most prestigious American motorsports journalism award – in 1997 and 1998, for articles in Car and Driver magazine. In 2010, he was motorsports editor for AOL FanHouse.
Zeller, 59, is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (B.J. ’74). He spent 25 years as a newspaper writer and investigative reporter before becoming a self-employed writer in 1999. From 1976 to 1990, he was an investigative reporter at newspapers in Mississippi and southern California. From 1991 through 1998, he covered NASCAR as the motorsports writer for the Landmark Newspapers chain.
He is married to Ann G. Bailie, the city manager of Trinity, N.C, where they live. They have two grown children.