Larry Tye is an American non-fiction author and journalist best known for his 2009 New York Times bestselling biography Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, the story of Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige.
From 1986 to 2001, Tye worked as a journalist at The Boston Globe, covering medicine, the environment, sports and national news. Before that he covered business and government at The Anniston Star in Anniston, Alabama, then was the environmental reporter at The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tye was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993 - 1994 and has won a series of major newspaper awards, including the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Journalism.
Tye is currently at work on a biography of Robert Kennedy for Random House.
In addition to his non-fiction writing career, Tye is Director of the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which each year trains ten of America's leading medical journalists on how to do a better job covering issues ranging from public health to mental health to insuring the uninsured.
- Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero, 2012
- Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, 2009
- Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy, 2006, co-written with Kitty Dukakis
- Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, 2004
- Homelands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora, 2001
- The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations, 1998
Reviewers' lists and awards
- Winner of the 2010 Seymour Medal for best book of baseball biography or history published in 2009
- Winner of the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of 2009
- Forbes' Best Sports Books of 2009, December 21, 2009
- New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2009, December 6, 2009
- Kansas City Star, Top Books of 2009, December 4, 2009
- Interview with Larry Tye about Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend on NPR's Fresh Air with guest host Dave Davies.
- Interview with Larry Tye and Kitty Dukakis about Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
- Interview with Larry Tye about Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
- Booknotes interview with Tye on The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of Public Relations, September 20, 1998.
- Works by Larry Tye in libraries (WorldCat catalog)