Schoenmann graduated in 1981 from River Valley High School in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where he was raised. He went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Schoenmann began his journalism career as a reporter at the at the Elroy Tribune-Keystone, a community weekly, taking his first daily newspaper job at the West Bend Daily News before moving to the Capital Times in Madison. In 1997, he went to work as a reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He went on to work as a writer, then as managing editor, for Las Vegas Weekly, and, most recently, as a reporter at the Las Vegas Sun. He has appeared as a commentator on KNPR 88.9, the National Public Radio affiliate in Las Vegas.
He was given the Outstanding Journalist award in 2002 by the Nevada Press Association, as well as four other awards that year for his work at Las Vegas Weekly. In 2004, he was the gold medal winner for "Profile Writing" in the 19th annual City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) awards competition for an article about an outcall service operator in Las Vegas Life magazine.
The nonfiction book Vegas Rag Doll: A True Story of Terror and Survival as a Mob Hitman's Wife, co-authored by Schoenmann with Wendy Mazaros, is an autobiographical account about Mazaros' marriage to Tom Hanley, 39 years her senior, who was involved in organized crime in Las Vegas. MyNews 3 wrote, in a story about the book, "She is Wendy Mazaros, a woman so connected to the mob and so well known that in the 1970s the newspapers simply referred to her as Wendy."
The book is scheduled for release in fall 2011.
- ↑ Wisconsin State Journal, "Former Cap Times reporter enjoys his wild ride," December 6, 2010
- ↑ KNPR, "Commentaries on KNPR"
- ↑ Las Vegas Review-Journal, "NPA Winners," September 22, 2002
- ↑ The Free Library, "Winners of 19th Annual CRMA Awards Announced," June 15, 2004
- ↑ MyNews3, "I Married A Mob Hitman - Part 1," February 9, 2011
- ↑ Amazon's book page
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