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John DeDakis

Journalist and novelist John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of four mystery-suspense novels. His most recent novel, Bullet in the Chamber, deals, in part, with the death of his son in 2011 due to an accidental heroin overdose.
Mr. DeDakis is a writing coach, manuscript editor, and writing workshop leader.
During his award-winning 45-year career in journalism (25 years at CNN), DeDakis has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
He lives in Baltimore, has taught journalism at the University of Maryland – College Park, and teaches novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Meetings for SOAP are held at the La Jolla Village Square’s Community Room. The Room is located on the lower level of the shopping Center next to the AMC Movie Theater’s box office.

There are two areas to park: outdoors and underground. The outdoor parking can get rather full. We suggest that you aim for the indoor covered parking which is usually wide open during our meeting hours, plus it is cooler in the summer and dry during rainy season. Access to the underground parking is slightly tricky the first time you go, yet if you know where to look, it’s relatively easy. Once you enter the shopping center from Nobel Drive you will notice California Pizza Kitchen on your left and Islands Restaurant on your right. Just past Islands you will notice a right turn lane for people who are heading to Ralphs and Trader Joes. Don’t turn there, keep going straight. In about 30 feet and you will see a ramp to the right leading down to the lower lot. There will be a sign at the entrance to this ramp that clearly lets you know that this is the path to the additional underground parking. Just follow it down all the way to the far end where you will see a glass door entrance to the shopping center with a sign for the AMC Theater. That’s your entrance to the mall that leads to the Community Room which can be found immediately to the right of the AMC Movie Theater’s box office.

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