Bertram de Souza Talks About His Book, ‘No Holds Barred’

Hear about Bertram de Souza’s Time at The Youngtown -Based Vindicator and His New Book, ‘No Holds Barred,’ in Interview with Librarian Tim Seman

Longtime Mahoning Valley journalist Bertram de Souza discussed his first book, “No Holds Barred,” a compilation of some of his most celebrated — and most controversial —columns in a moderated conversation Librarian Tim Seman for the Library. The interview posts the evening of Wed., Oct. 21, on Facebook at LibraryMahoningCounty, YouTube and the Library’s website.

De Souza produced some 1,600 columns in his prominent career as a political writer during his 40 years at the Youngstown-based Vindicator. His book honors the Vindicator for 150 years of trailblazing journalism. Joining Bertram in this interview are two other Youngstown Vindicator veterans, Cynthia Rickard, long-time editor and writer, and Robert McFerren, award-winning art director.

Tim Seman, Local History Librarian for the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, conducted the pre-taped interview. If you’ve lived in this area for most of your life, you won’t want to miss this fascinating walk down memory lane. De Souza is known for his insight, wit and sometimes-biting political commentary.

Listen in to gain more insight into the legendary Vindicator and one of its most noted icons, Bertram de Souza.

The views expressed in this interview are solely those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Captioning has been used in some areas where sound quality was diminished. The interview was remote with interviewer and interviewees in separate locations  

“No Holds Barred” is published by The Scribbler Publishing Group, LLC, Youngstown, Ohio. For more information or copies of the book:

News Release – ‘No Holds Barred’


Longtime Mahoning Valley journalist and Youngstown Vindicator columnist Bertram de Souza’s is available as a program speaker to discuss his first book, “No Holds Barred.”

The book, released this month [September], features about 300 of the most celebrated and controversial of more than 1,600 columns he penned over his 40 years with The Vindicator.

It also includes a wide array of related Vindicator archive photographs and drawings, writings by other Vindicatorveterans and a selection of reader letters.

The book was edited by longtime Vindicator editor and writer Cynthia Rickard and designed by award-winning former Vindicator art director Robert McFerren.

It is divided into 11 chapters on topics including James A. Traficant Jr., a comparison of the Obama and Trump presidencies, the Mafia, General Motors, Youngstown State University, politics and public corruption. It also includes a chapter of columns featuring de Souza’s wry humor.

For more than 150 years, The Vindicator was the glue that bound the communities of the Mahoning and Shenango valleys and was a staple in most residents’ lives. The announcement of its impending closure last year brought cries of regret from many of them and shook the journalists and others who were working there.

So a group from the newsroom quickly agreed something was needed to memorialize the exceptional role the paper played in the region for so long.

Where can you find “No Nolds Barred”??

The book is published by The Scribbler Publishing Group, LLC, Youngstown, Ohio and is available online at or from Barnes & Noble in Boardman.