- Book Author - "When Lions Roar"2009 to present Culver City, CaliforniaAuthor of "Masters of Sex" and a producer of the Showtime series based on my book; Sony also bought the rights and is developing "All That Glitters" based on the award-winning book "Newhouse", as well as recently published "When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys."
- Journalist/ICIJ award winner2002 to present Washington, District of ColumbiaAmerican member, ICIJ winner 2002, investigative reporter/television producer 2012
- Special Writer at Newsday/Investigative Reporter for News 12 Long IslandApril 29, 1984 to presentWork on joint Newsday/News 12 Long Island video/print projects as a reporter and producer since 2009.
- America in our times is the backdrop for my five biographies, which have been singled out by critics for best-of-the-year honors. My new book, "WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys," scheduled for October 2014 publication by Random House's Crown imprint, is the first comprehensive history of the "special relationship" between these two family dynasties.
My previous biography about Masters and Johnson ("Masters of Sex", Basic Books, 2009) is the basis for the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated drama series by Sony Pictures Television and aired on Showtime in the US and more than 20 nations around the world. The drama developed by showrunner Michelle Ashford stars actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan and I serve as a producer.
When first published, "Masters of Sex" was called "eye-opening" and "a bombshell" by the Sunday New York Times Book Review, "well written with good humor" by the NY Times daily reviewer Dwight Garner, and "an intelligent and well-conceived biography" by the Washington Post, along with a starred review by Booklist. The Chicago Tribune listed it among the paper's favorite non-fiction books of 2009. [Oprah's "O" magazine even cited it among its top 10 "smart, engaging, occasionally uproarious" books dealing with sex]. My investigative findings -- revealing that Masters and Johnson fabricated "gay conversion" case studies in their landmark homosexuality book -- prompted headlines in The New York Times, Scientific American and speaking engagements at Harvard Medical School and the National Academy of Sciences in California. This first-time biography of Masters and Johnson also received "blurb" endorsements from Gay Talese, Nelson DeMille and biographer Debby Applegate, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
"The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings" (Basic Books, 2003) was featured on ABC's "20/20" program, the CBS Evening News, NBC's "Today" show and in publications around the world. "The Kennedys" was praised as one of the top 10 all-time JFK books by the American Booksellers Association's "Book Sense" program. It was featured prominently as annual holiday choice by USA Today's literary critics. It was also a selection of the Book of the Month Club, the History Book Club, excerpted in Redbook and received "blurb" endorsements from historians James MacGregor Burns, Ronald Steel and Newsweek's Evan Thomas. The unabridged audiotape version of "The Kennedys" also won the Earphone Award from Audiofile magazine. Warners Bros. Home Video produced a DVD documentary from my book with the same name that was sold in 2008 along with Oliver Stone's classic movie feature "JFK".
"Dr. Spock An American Life" (Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1998), was selected as one of the top ten non-fiction books of 1998 by The Boston Globe and as a "Notable Book of the Year" by The New York Times. Excerpts appeared in Newsweek, U.S News and World Report and it was condensed as a Readers' Digest book. I also appeared on NBC's "Today" show, C-Span's "BookTV," and served as consultant and on-air commentator for a documentary about Dr. Spock's life, jointly produced by the BBC and A&E's "Biography." A paperback version was published in spring 2003 by Basic Books to mark Dr. Spock's 100th birthday.
"Newhouse: All the Glitter, Power and Glory of America's Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It," (St. Martin's Press, 1994) won the Frank Luther Mott Award by the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication as best media book of the year. Excerpts appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Worth, and The London Telegraph magazine. An updated trade paperback of "Newhouse," published by Johnson Books, was picked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top ten "must reads" for the 1997 summer season. Sony purchased the rights to this book in 2014 and is developing it into a television project.
Since 1984, I've been a writer for Newsday in New York, previously working at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2002, I won the world's top $20,000 investigative prize from the International Consortium of Investigative Reporting, now called the "Daniel Pearl Award", for a series about the deadly exploitation of immigrant workers, besting other finalists from The New Yorker, the BBC, and Sunday Times of London. Others investigative series of mine have won the national Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award twice, the national Worth Bingham Award, National Headliners Award, New York Deadline Club, Society of Silurians and many others. Based on a Newsday investigation, I worked as paid consultant to CBS News' "48 Hours" show for a segment on international child abduction. In 2010, my print series and accompanying video documentary about Brookhaven National Lab's treatment of nuclear bomb victims in the Pacific won Newsday's first Emmy Award nomination as well as the National Headliners Award. I earned a master's degree in 1982 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I won the television documentary prize at graduation, and was later awarded a McCloy fellowship to Europe.
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