Journalist Ada Calhoun is the author of the narrative history St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (W.W. Norton & Co., November 2015), one of “the most compelling nonfiction titles set to arrive in bookstores between now and December.” In a starred review, Kirkus calls it “An illuminating stroll through the decades of one of the most culturally significant streets in America…engagingly personal…revelatory.”
She has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, New York, NewYorker.com, Billboard, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Country Living, and The Los Angeles Times. She has also worked as a crime reporter on the New York Post’s City Desk, an ASME-nominated editor-in-chief, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a ghostwriter of seven books for major publishers, including four New York Times bestsellers.
She has won several awards for her reporting, much of which has been on the criminal justice system, including the 2013 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues (for her New York Times Magazine reporting on chemical endangerment arrests in Alabama), a 2015 USC-Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship (for reporting on the child welfare system), a MacDowell Colony residency (for creative nonfiction), a Kiplinger fellowship (for new media reporting), and a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship (for stories like one on an opiate addiction paradox for NBCNews, for which she won the 2015 Croly Award).
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