March 16, 1939
Paterson, New Jersey , US
|Occupation||Novelist, nonfiction writer, journalist|
|Alma mater||Montclair State University|
|Genre||Memoir, true crime, mystery fiction|
Buchanan was born "Edna Rydzik" in Paterson, New Jersey. She attended Montclair State College. As one of the first female crime journalists in Miami, she wrote for the Miami Beach Daily Sun and The Miami Herald as a general assignment and police beat reporter. She won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting "for her versatile and consistently excellent police beat reporting".
Buchanan was embarrassed in 1990 when she was quoted extensively in the book Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow, by Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell.
Burdick ... led her to believe that he was seeking only background information, never used a tape recorder or took notes, asked her to hypothesize about people and situations, then quoted her as if she were stating fact.
According to Buchanan, she tried to have her name and the quotes removed from the book after she read the galley proofs, but she was told by the publisher that it was too late.
- Carr, Five Years of Rape and Murder: from the personal account of Robert Frederick Carr III, 1979
- The Corpse Had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's Hottest Beat, 1987
- Never Let Them See You Cry: More from Miami, America's Hottest Beat, 1992
- Vice: Life and Death on the Streets of Miami, 1992
- Naked Came the Manatee (Putnam, 1996) is a "mystery thriller parody novel" and a serial novel comprising thirteen chapters by 13 South Florida contributors. Buchanan wrote chapter four.
- Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5, page 30.
- About Edna Buchanan, Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved December 27, 2008.
- Edna Buchanan. Biography (biography.com).
- Edna Buchanan. Mystery Authors Online.[dead link]
- "General News Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 21, 2009.
- Jerry Bledsoe, The Washington Post, January 18, 1991.
- Edna Buchanan: The Queen of Crime
- Edna Buchanan at Library of Congress Authorities, with 25 catalog records