was born in Washington, D.C. and was a reporter and City-County Bureau Chief
for the Detroit Free Press from 1970-76. While at the Free
Press, he wrote the book Investigative Reporting, with Dave
Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1976 and Iowa State University Press,
1990), the first how-to book in that field. It was in print for 20 years.
In 1979 he wrote The Story of Motown (New York: Grove Press),
the first U.S. book ever written about the Motown Record Company. From 1979 to
1981 he was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta
Journal Constitution. He taught journalism at Binghamton University, New
York University, and Columbia University from 1981-91. In 1984, he wrote Death
in the Afternoon: America's Big-City Newspapers Struggle For Survival (Andrews,
McMeel) the first and only book about the death of afternoon newspapers in
America's big cities. In 1992, he wrote Publish Without Perishing (National
Education Association and National Writers Union); and in 1997, he wrote Secret
Police: Inside The New York City Department of Investigation (New
York: Barricade Books).
From 1991-1994 he was the spokesman for the NYC Department of Investigation. He
was Assistant Editor of the Chief Leader newspaper in New York
City from 1994-1998 and the spokesman for the NYC Correction Officers Benevolent
Association from 1998-2003. In 2003 and 2009 he was the spokesman for Members
for Change in NYC Teamsters Local 237.
In 2008 he wrote The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence
Ballard (Lawrence Hill Books/Chicago Review Press.) His next book, "Mary
Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar," the first
biography of Mary "My Guy" Wells ever written, was released by
Chicago Review Press on November 1, 2012.