John’s early career plans involved joining the CIA or State Department with the goal of helping solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But those agencies had little use for a Middle Eastern case officer/analyst who didn’t speak a Middle Eastern language. Fortunately, as he was failing his Arabic language classes, he was falling in love with writing. Since that time, more than 30 years ago, and working exclusively in English, he has been a reporter and editor at The Energy Daily in Washington, D.C., a chief spokesperson at a major electric utility in Phoenix, Arizona, and a research director at E SOURCE, a boutique research and advisory firm that helps utilities take better care of their customers. He founded Egan Energy Communications in 2009 to providing writing and consulting services exclusively to companies in the energy and utilities industry. He earned a B.A. cum laude in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Once a year, John makes time to re-read and reflect on George Orwell’s seminal essay, “Politics and the English Language,” to renew his faith in the power of writing clear, crisp copy.