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The Runaway Game Author Kevin M. Casey shoots video for a TV news story at Haditha Dam in Iraq's Al-Anbar Province, December 2007. Photo by Navy LCDR James Lee.
Kevin Casey began working with high-risk youths as a street-outreach counselor for a teen homeless shelter, driving a van through the streets of Los Angeles for eight to 12 hours a night offering runaways food, shelter and access to medical care. During the day, he delivered runaway-prevention lectures to school, church and youth groups.
The first version of THE RUNAWAY GAME was the thesis for Casey's master's degree in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, he studied  Confluent Education, founded by Gestalt psychologist George I. Brown. The program encouraged educators to replace student lectures with interactive educational experiences. Casey had earlier earned his bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Fordham University in the Bronx. THE RUNAWAY GAME combines principles from both disciplines with real-life experiences from nearly six years working with Hollywood street kids. Casey's first book, CHILDREN OF EVE, was published in 1991 by Covenant House.

Casey is also a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He served in the United States Navy as a Pentagon-award-winning TV reporter and radio host at American Forces Network, Sasebo, Japan. He was the editor of the Army newspaper at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where he earned a first-place Keith L. Ware Award for news photography from the U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs.

Casey traveled to Iraq from late 2007 to mid 2008. He lived at Camp Victory and in Baghdad's Green Zone. His work took him to all corners of Baghdad and out to Al-Asad, Fallujah, Kirkuk and Kurdistan. His television reports on Iraq reconstruction aired on American Forces Network and The Pentagon Channel.

He now lives in Washington, D.C. You can e-mail him at
kevin_m_casey@hotmail.com.