LaRosa in his backyard in Park Slope.
April 18, 1953 |
New York, NY
|Occupation||Author / Producer|
LaRosa was born in East Harlem and raised in the James Monroe Houses, a public housing project located in the Soundview section of The Bronx. His first job was delivering the New York Daily News. He currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Prior to Fordham he studied at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.
Following his graduation from Fordham University, LaRosa was employed at the Daily News from 1975 until 1990, starting out as a copy boy. After being promoted to reporter, he worked on various beats, including crime, labor and city government. Among the major stories he covered was the fatal shooting of John Lennon at The Dakota.
In 1992, he began working at CBS News, soon producing stories for 48 Hours. Concurrently, he wrote four true crime books, beginning with 2006’s Tacoma Confidential: A True Story of Murder, Suicide, and a Police Chief’s Secret Life. His 2012 memoir, Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey From the Projects to the Front Page, covers his life from his rough upbringing to his career as a reporter and producer. The New York Times called it “a captivating and vivid memoir.”
In 1983, as a Daily News reporter, LaRosa was named co-winner of the Meyer Berger Award, along with Anna Quindlen of the New York Times. The prize is awarded annually by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for outstanding local writing about New York City.
He won a 2002 Emmy Award as a producer for the CBS documentary 9/11. He also won a 2002 Peabody Award, a 2003 Christopher Award and a 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for producing 9/11. He was nominated for another Emmy in 2010 for producing 48 Hours Mystery – Craigslist: Classified for Murder.
- Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey From the Projects to the Front Page (2012, Park Slope Publishing)
- Seven Days of Rage: The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craigslist Killer – with Maria Cramer (2010, Pocket Star)
- Death of a Dream – with Erin Moriarty (2008, Pocket Star)
- Nightmare in Napa: The Wine Country Murders (2007, Pocket Star)
- Tacoma Confidential: A True Story of Murder, Suicide, and a Police Chief’s Secret Life (2006, Signet)
- 48 Hours Mystery – Producer – various episodes (1993 – current, CBS)
- Survivor – Producer – “Surviving Survivor” special – (2010, CBS)
- “All Access Grammy Special” – Producer (2009, CBS)
- Lore Croghan, “Bronx tale: Ex-Newser Paul LaRosa’s memoir recalls youth in Soundview housing project,” New York Daily News, April 27, 2012.
- Vince Cosgrove, “’Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey From the Projects to the Front Page:’ A book review,” The Star-Ledger, May 6, 2012.
- Douglas Martin, “About New York; Out On Strike: Fight on the Line, And in His Heart,” New York Times, November 3, 1990.
- Jotham Sederstrom, “Reporter’s Crime Expose A Hit,” New York Daily News, January 15, 2006.
- Jerry Barmash, “CBS News Producer and Former Daily News Reporter Recounds Life in Memoir,” Mediabistro.com, March 26, 2012.
- Marisa Guthrie, “How to write a ‘Mystery’,” New York Daily News, April 21, 2007.
- Sam Roberts, “Looking at New York as a target,” New York Times, April 21, 2012.
- “Winners of the Mike Berger Award,” journalism.columbia.edu. Accessed May 23, 2012.
- “Journalism Awards,” journalism.columbia.edu. Accessed May 23, 2012.
- "9/11," Emmys.com. Accessed May 23, 2012.
- “George Foster Peabody Award Winners,” p. 91. Accessed May 23, 2012.
- “The 54th Annual Christopher Award Winners,” Christophers.org. Accessed May 23, 2012.
- “2003 Murrow National Winners,” Radio Television Digital News Association. Accessed May 23, 2012.
- “Nominees for the 31st Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,” EmmyOnline.tv, July 15, 2010. Accessed May 23, 2012.