Dana Jennings

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Dana Andrew Jennings
Born October 1957
New Hampshire
Education University of New Hampshire
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Manchester Union Leader (newspapers); Lonesome Standard Time (novel); Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death and Country Music (non-fiction)
Children Two

Dana Jennings (who has also written as Dana Andrew Jennings) is an American journalist, who is an editor at The New York Times, as well as an author. His books include What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing from a Small Pooch; Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death and Country Music; Me, Dad and Number 6; Lonesome Standard Time; Women of Granite; and Mosquito Games.

At the Times since 1993, Jennings has written and/or edited for Sports,[1] Arts and Leisure,[2] New Jersey weekly,[3] Travel,[4] the City section,[5] Education Life,[6][7] Culture [8] and The New York Times Book Review.[9]

Education and career[edit]

Jennings was born in rural New Hampshire in October 1957. His parents were 17 when he was born, and neither of them attended school past the 8th grade. Jennings was the first in his family to graduate from high school (valedictorian at Sanborn Regional High, class of 1975), and later worked his way through the University of New Hampshire.[citation needed] Jennings graduated from UNH in 1980 and returned there for a week in April, 2010 as a Donald Murray Visiting Journalist.

Over the years Jennings has worked at the Manchester Union Leader, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Jennings has also published six books, including a children's book, and three novels that depict rural life in the United States.

Jennings's first non-fiction book is about country music and seamlessly weaves personal anecdotes together with the vice and gruffness of "classic country."

Diagnosed with advanced and aggressive prostate cancer in 2008, Jennings has been writing a weekly column for the Well blog on nytimes.com since November 2008. One of his most popular posts led to his book 'What a Difference a Dog Makes', which was published in November 2010.

Personal[edit]

Jennings currently resides in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife. They have two grown sons - Drew & Owen.

Partial bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

For Children[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death and Country Music. (FSG, 2008)[1]
  • What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing from a Small Pooch. (Doubleday, 2010)

Print journalism[edit]

  • ESSAY: "Religion Is Less A Birthright and More a Good Fit" by Dana Jennings. "The New York Times", 2 March 2008.
  • Review of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville: My Life in NASCAR by Bill Elliott with Chris Millard. The New York Times, 11 February 2007.
  • "ESSAY: After All These Years, A Red-Headed Stranger." The New York Times, 3 July 2005.
  • "New York Action Hero." The New York Times, 23 November 2003.
  • "MEDIA: At House of Comics, a Writer's Champion." The New York Times, 15 September 2003.
  • "MUSIC: Treasured Moments, Living On in Boxed Sets." The New York Times, 10 February 2002.
  • "Too Close for Comfort, and Too Far; A Murky Tunnel Full of Buses and What-Ifs." The New York Times, 30 September 2001.
  • "The Magic of Comics! While Batman Turns 64, A Fan Goes Back to 9." The New York Times, 27 August 2003.
  • "MUSIC: They Have a Right to Sing the Blues, and a Reason." The New York Times, 13 August 2000.
  • "In Bayou Country, Music Is Never Second Fiddle." The New York Times, 22 November 1998.
  • "Spanning the Globe: 60 Years With Lomax." The New York Times, 13 April 1997.
  • "Gathering In a Reaper's Harvest of Song." The New York Times, 13 April 1997.
  • "The Juilliard Of Bluegrass Music." The New York Times, 5 January 1997.
  • "Remembrance of Things Fast." The New York Times, 20 August 1995.
  • "POP MUSIC: Bluegrass, Straight and Pure, Even if the Money's No Good." The New York Times, 23 April 1995.
  • "BACKTALK: A Son Grows a Little Older, a Father Grows a Little Younger." The New York Times, 19 June 1994.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "BACKTALK: A Son Grows a Little Older, a Father Grows a Little Younger." The New York Times, 19 June 1994.
  2. ^ "POP MUSIC: Bluegrass, Straight and Pure, Even if the Money's No Good." The New York Times, 23 April 1995.
  3. ^ "ESSAY; After All These Years, A Red-Headed Stranger." The New York Times, 3 July 2005.
  4. ^ "Remembrance of Things Fast." The New York Times, 20 August 1995.
  5. ^ "MEDIA: At House of Comics, a Writer's Champion." The New York Times, 15 September 2003.
  6. ^ "The Juilliard Of Bluegrass Music." The New York Times, 5 January 1997.
  7. ^ "New York Action Hero." The New York Times, 23 November 2003.
  8. ^ "The Magic of Comics! While Batman Turns 64, A Fan Goes Back to 9." The New York Times, 27 August 2003.
  9. ^ Review of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville: My Life in NASCAR by Bill Elliott with Chris Millard. The New York Times, 11 February 2007.