Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Author. While writing for the New York Daily News, he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1986. Additionally, his novel "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" (1969), was made into a 1971 motion picture adaptation. Born James Earl Breslin, he was raised by his single mother after his musician father abruptly abandoned his family. During his years at John Adams High School, he participated in football while also pursuing his interest in writing, however he was unable to find a place on his school's newspaper. His initial job in the newspaper industry was with the Long Island Press, where he was a copyboy and later, he landed a job as a sportswriter with the New York American Journal. His break came in 1968, when he was hired by the New York Post to write columns and serve as a TV commentator for both ABC and NBC Networks in New York. During this period, he was also a contributor for New York Magazine. During the mid 1970s, he landed a position with the New York Daily News and in 1977, he became identified on a national level for his coverage of serial killer David Berkowitz, also know as "The Son of Sam". Among his other books include "Forsaking All Others" (1982), "Table Money" (1987) and "Branch Rickey" (2011).
Bio by: C.S.