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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 6:54 p.m.

Age: 59

Family: Wife, Nona; daughter, Sara; son, Christopher, and daughter-in-law, Rebecca; grandson, Sean.

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Occupation: Professor of Education at Duquesne University, director of the school's Professional Doctorate in Education Leadership program, and author of eight books on the teaching-learning process.

Noteworthy/Achievement: Duquesne inducted McCown into its Office of Research Hall of Fame on May 31. McCown's research throughout his career focused on how people teach and learn in schools, universities, communities and other contexts. Lately, his work has focused on education inequalities, as well as educational opportunities in the context of civil rights.

Education: McCown earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Ph.D. in educational Psychology from the same.

Quote: "I have always been fascinated by the miracle of human learning Even though we've come to understand more and more about how human beings learn, it still strikes me as something absolutely miraculous."

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