Confessore grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. He was a politics major at Princeton University, class of 1998. While at Princeton, he wrote for the weekly student newspaper, the Nassau Weekly.
Confessore was previously an editor at The Washington Monthly and a staff writer for The American Prospect. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Salon.com, and other publications. At the age of 28, he won the 2003 Livingston Award for national reporting.
He was part of a team of reporters whose coverage of the downfall of New York governor Eliot Spitzer won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting and the 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award for deadline reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
- Nicholas Confessore, New York Times. Retrieved February 2011.
- Confessore, Nicholas. "Improving race relations". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- Confessore, Nicholas, "Paradise Glossed", June 2004, Washington Monthly. Retrieved February 2011.
- 2003 Winners, The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
- "Deadline reporting" is defined on the Society of Professional Journalists website as "published in the issue that directly follows the event". Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees". Retrieved August 15, 2012.
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