Paul LaRosa

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Paul LaRosa
LaRosa in his backyard in Park Slope.
Born (1953-04-18) April 18, 1953 (age 64)
New York, NY
Occupation Author / Producer
Nationality American

Paul LaRosa is a CBS News producer and author.


Early life[edit]

LaRosa was born in East Harlem[1] and raised in the James Monroe Houses, a public housing project located in the Soundview section of The Bronx.[2] His first job was delivering the New York Daily News.[3] He currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.[1] Prior to Fordham he studied at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.


Following his graduation from Fordham University,[1] LaRosa was employed at the Daily News from 1975 until 1990,[4] starting out as a copy boy.[2] After being promoted to reporter, he worked on various beats, including crime, labor and city government.[3][5] Among the major stories he covered was the fatal shooting of John Lennon at The Dakota.[1]

In 1992, he began working at CBS News, soon producing stories for 48 Hours.[6] 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.[4] 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.”[7]


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.[8] The prize is awarded annually by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for outstanding local writing about New York City.[9]

He won a 2002 Emmy Award as a producer for the CBS documentary 9/11.[10] He also won a 2002 Peabody Award,[11] a 2003 Christopher Award[12] and a 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award[13] for producing 9/11. He was nominated for another Emmy in 2010 for producing 48 Hours MysteryCraigslist: Classified for Murder.[14]



  • Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey From the Projects to the Front Page (2012, Park Slope Publishing)

True crime[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c d Lore Croghan, “Bronx tale: Ex-Newser Paul LaRosa’s memoir recalls youth in Soundview housing project,” New York Daily News, April 27, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Vince Cosgrove, “’Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey From the Projects to the Front Page:’ A book review,” The Star-Ledger, May 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Douglas Martin, “About New York; Out On Strike: Fight on the Line, And in His Heart,” New York Times, November 3, 1990.
  4. ^ a b Jotham Sederstrom, “Reporter’s Crime Expose A Hit,” New York Daily News, January 15, 2006.
  5. ^ Jerry Barmash, “CBS News Producer and Former Daily News Reporter Recounds Life in Memoir,”, March 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Marisa Guthrie, “How to write a ‘Mystery’,” New York Daily News, April 21, 2007.
  7. ^ Sam Roberts, “Looking at New York as a target,” New York Times, April 21, 2012.
  8. ^ “Winners of the Mike Berger Award,” Archived 2015-05-03 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed May 23, 2012.
  9. ^ “Journalism Awards,” Accessed May 23, 2012.
  10. ^ "9/11," Accessed May 23, 2012.
  11. ^ “George Foster Peabody Award Winners,” Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. p. 91. Accessed May 23, 2012.
  12. ^ “The 54th Annual Christopher Award Winners,” Accessed May 23, 2012.
  13. ^ “2003 Murrow National Winners,” Radio Television Digital News Association. Accessed May 23, 2012.
  14. ^ “Nominees for the 31st Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,” Archived 2010-09-14 at the Wayback Machine., July 15, 2010. Accessed May 23, 2012.

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