Matt Birkbeck

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Matt Birkbeck is an American author and investigative journalist, whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reader's Digest, Boston Magazine and People.

A former newspaper reporter, Birkbeck worked at The Morning Call.,[1][2][3] where he was cited for his lengthy investigative pieces on Pennsylvania's flawed gaming initiative. In 2010 he joined business publisher Harrison Scott Publications, where he covers Wall Street and regulatory issues in Washington, D.C.

Birkbeck has authored five books. His 2015 book A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst tells the story of New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who is accused of several murders.[4] Birkbeck covered the Durst story for People magazine and Reader's Digest. The Lifetime Network is produced a TV movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst based on Birkbeck's book that first aired November 2017.[5] Birkbeck's biography on Sammy Davis, Jr., Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness and the Mob has been optioned for film and TV by producer Byron Allen.[6]



Birkbeck received an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2002 for stories on mortgage fraud in the U.S.[7]


  1. ^ "Matt Birkbeck". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  2. ^ "Matt Birkbeck: About the Author". 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  3. ^ "Matt Birkbeck biography". Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  4. ^ "Book on Robert Durst, 'A Deadly Secret,' to be updated and rereleased". Los Angeles Times. March 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (August 23, 2016). "Robert Durst Movie In Works At Lifetime".
  6. ^ Busch, Anita; Busch, Anita (October 28, 2015). "Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Acquires Rights To Sammy Davis Jr. Biography".
  7. ^ Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record. "Record reporter wins national award for real estate series".

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