David Grann is a staff writer at the New Yorker. Before that he was a senior editor at the New Republic, and executive editor of The Hill. He’s written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. He was a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.”
He’s the author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. It traces the footsteps of explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, whose expedition disappeared in the Amazon in search of a secret civilization. Last year, the best-selling book was adapted into a 2017 film.
Grann’s latest book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, explores tragic, mysterious murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s and ’30s, and the investigation that followed. The book was optioned for $5 million..
He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and creative writing from Boston University.
Grann is also a 1985 graduate of Staples High School.
The other day, Jonathan Small talked to Grann for his “Write About Now” podcast. The series features authors talking about their craft. In this one, Grann reveals how he finds, researches and writes riveting stories. (Click here for the link.)
Staples graduates do amazing things. Each one has quite a story.
And some — like David Grann — spend their lives telling compelling stories to the rest of us.