LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer

LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer are the co-authors of Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church.


LeRoy Ashby is Regents Professor Emeritus at Washington State University, where he was Claudius and Mary Johnson Distinguished Professor of History. He received numerous teaching honors and was twice named the state of Washington’s outstanding professor. Among his other books are biographies of William E. Borah and William Jennings Bryan, Endangered Children: Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse in American History, and, most recently, With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture since 1830.

Rod Gramer headshot

Rod Gramer is a veteran journalist who has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and television news executive in Idaho, Oregon and Florida. As a reporter for The Idaho Statesman, Gramer covered Senator Church, including his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 1980. “He is also the author of a novel, The Good Assassin.” He is currently president of Idaho Business for Education, a non-profit business group dedicated to improving education. He divides his time between Boise and McCall, Idaho.