Amber Hunt (journalist)

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Amber Hunt is a journalist and true crime author. After covering local news at small papers in Iowa and Michigan, Hunt was hired at the Detroit Free Press, where she covered crime for nearly eight years.[1] In 2005, she won the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting.[2] In 2007 and 2008, she appeared on NBC's Dateline program, first in an episode called "The Valentine's Day Mystery" [3] and then in "Disappearance at the Dairy Queen" (later renamed "The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home.") [4]

Hunt's fourth book, released in December 2014, is "The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public Family," co-written with longtime friend David Batcher.[5] The book was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. As of Dec. 11, 2014, it had a 4.5 rating on Goodreads.[6]

Hunt's first true crime book was Dead But Not Forgotten, released in August 2010, which examined the 1990 murder of Barbara George, a 32-year-old mother of two whose husband Michael was arrested in 2007 for the suburban Detroit shooting. Hunt's book, released prior to Michael George's second trial in the case, was accused of undermining the prosecution's key witness.[7] In Hunt's acknowledgments, she dedicated the book to her mother, who she wrote died of cancer when she was 12.

In 2011, Hunt was named a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, a prestigious mid-career journalism fellowship.[8] The same year, she was nominated as a Livingston Young Journalist for a series of stories written in 2010 about crime in the streets of Detroit.[9] In August 2011, Hunt's second true crime book All-American Murder was released. The book covered the alleged beating death of Yeardley Love, whose on-again, off-again boyfriend George Huguely V was charged in Love's May 2010 death.[10] She was set to have two non-fiction book releases in 2014: a true-crime account about the 2011 murders of Blake and Mary Jo Hadley, who were bludgeoned to death by their 17-year-old son, Tyler Hadley, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the book on the Kennedy family wives.[11]

In August 2011, the Associated Press announced its hiring of Hunt as News Editor overseeing North and South Dakota.[12] In July 2013, she left the AP to become an investigative reporter with The Cincinnati Enquirer.[13] In June 2014, See How Much You Love Me: A Troubled Teen, His Devoted Parents, and a Cold-Blooded Killing was released by St. Martin's True Crime imprint.[14] Hunt began teaching a journalism course at the University of Cincinnati in 2015.

Hunt is also a photographer.[15]


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  3. ^ "Valentine's Day murder mystery - Dateline NBC - Crime reports - Valentine's Day Mystery -". MSNBC. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Disappearance at the Dairy Queen - Dateline NBC - Crime reports -". MSNBC. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Enquirer reporter's book examines Kennedy wives". 
  6. ^ "Goodreads Book Rating". 
  7. ^ "Book raises concerns about key witness in Michael George trial | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ "UM Knight Wallace Fellows". Archived from the original on 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Livingston Awards - Finalists". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Teri (2010-05-03). "Yeardley Love, Univ. of Virginia lacrosse player, found dead; George Huguely charged with murder - New York Daily News". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
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  13. ^ "Amber Hunt". Gannett Company. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "See How Much You Love Me". Macmillan. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Amber Hunt Photography". Amber Hunt Photography. Retrieved 2011-10-31.