Jim Dwyer (journalist)
|Jim Dwyer (journalist)|
|Born||March 4, 1957
New York City
|Education||BS, General Sciences, Fordham College; MS, Journalism, Columbia University|
|Notable work(s)||102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers; Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted; Subway Lives, 24 Hours in the Life of the New York City Subway|
|Notable award(s)||Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting (team)|
Jim Dwyer (born March 4, 1957 in New York City) is an American journalist who is a reporter and columnist with The New York Times, and the author or co-author of four non-fiction books. A native New Yorker, Dwyer wrote columns for New York Newsday and the New York Daily News before joining the Times. He graduated from the Loyola School (New York City), earned a bachelor's degree in general science from Fordham University in 1979 and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1980. He appeared in the 2012 documentary film Central Park Five and was portrayed on stage in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy. He also developed a 135 kW cogeneration plant and a 50.54 kW photovoltaic solar panel system for his cooperative apartment building in Manhattan.
In 1992, Dwyer was a member of a team at New York Newsday that won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting, and in 1995, as a columnist with New York Newsday, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He has been the About New York columnist for The New York Times since April 2007. Dwyer is the author or co-author of four books, mentioned below:
His latest, 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, co-written with Kevin Flynn, an editor at The New York Times Company, was a 2005 National Book Award finalist. The book chronicled the 102 minutes that the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood after the attacks of September 11, 2001 began. The sources included interviews with survivors, tapes of police and fire operations, 911 calls, and other material obtained under freedom of information requests including 20,000 pages of tape transcripts, oral histories, and other documents.
Actual Innocence and Two Seconds Under the World
Dwyer is also the co-author of Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted, which examined the causes of wrongful convictions. He is co-author of Two Seconds Under the World, an account of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that explored the early signs of fundamentalist terrorism, and poor coordination by investigating agencies, including the FBI.
Dwyer is the author of Subway Lives: 24 Hours in the Life of the New York Subways, a work that follows the lives of six New Yorkers and is set on the day the last graffiti-covered train was in service. Much of the material for the book came from his job as the subway columnist from 1986 to 1989 for New York Newsday.
Film & Theater
The filmmaker Ken Burns described Dwyer as the Greek chorus of the 2012 documentary, Central Park Five, made by Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, on the wrongful convictions of five teenagers in an attack on a jogger. Dwyer also was portrayed in Lucky Guy, a play by Nora Ephron about his friend Mike McAlary, the late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, that ran on Broadway in 2013, starring Tom Hanks as McAlary. Dwyer wrote about McAlary and his conversations with Ephron for The New York Times.
Distributed Generation: Solar Panels & Co-generation
Dwyer developed a 50 kW photovoltaic system and 135kW cogeneration system that, in combination, provide most of the power for the 217-unit cooperative apartment building where he lives in Manhattan.
- Subway Lives: 24 Hours in the Life of the New York Subways New York: Crown, 1991.
- (With Dee Murphy, David Kocieniewski and Peg Tyre) Two Seconds Under the World. New York: Crown, 1994.
- (With Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck) Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted. New York: Doubleday, 2000.
- (With Kevin Flynn) 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers. New York: Times Books, 2005
- Times Topics Page: Jim Dwyer, New York Times Online
- New York Times, April 8, 1992: "1992 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Their Works in Journalism and the Arts"
- "J-School Grads Awarded 4 of 14 Pulitzer Prizes," Columbia University Record, April 28, 1995"
- USA Today: Doctorow, Didion Among National Book Award Finalists
- Simonich, Milan, "Powerful book details how DNA evidence frees innocent prisoners," Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 1, 2000 accessed August 4, 2011.
- "Fall Listings" New York Magazine, September 23, 1991 accessed August 4, 2011.
- New York Times, March 28, 2013, "From Tabloid Myth To Opening Night"
- Home Energy, July-August 2008, "Energy Savings In A Manhattan Co-Op"