A former newspaper reporter, Birkbeck worked at The Morning Call., 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. 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. 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.
- A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst Berkley/Penguin 2002
- A Beautiful Child Berkley/Penguin 2004
- Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage and the Mind of the Killer Spouse (with psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig) Atria/Simon & Schuster 2006
- Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob Amistad/Harper Collins 2008
- The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino Berkley/Penguin 2013
- A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst Berkley/PenguinRandomHouse 2015
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- Matt Birkbeck official website, mattbirkbeck.com; accessed March 15, 2015.
- HarperCollins Author Biography
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