He was a sportwriter with UPI for nine years before he joined the Daily News in 1978, and covered the New York Yankees before becoming a columnist in 1989. He has written the books Damned Yankees: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Life With "Boss" Steinbrenner (1991, with Moss Klein), Zim - A Baseball Life (2001, with Don Zimmer), Pride of October: What it Was to Be Young and a Yankee (2003), and Bill Madden: My 25 Years Covering Baseball's Heroes, Scoundrels, Triumphs and Tragedies (2004) and Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball (2010).
^Harbord, Eamon (September 9, 2010). "Hall of Fame writer, former Oradell resident, has his day". The Bergen Record. Retrieved February 16, 2011. "A 45-year resident of Oradell, he is the son of former Councilman Charlie Madden and father of Oradell Police Officer Tom Madden, Councilman James Koth read from the proclamation.... The 64-year-old Madden grew up in Oradell and graduated from Bergen Catholic High School."