Robert Kolker

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Robert Kolker is a projects and investigations reporter for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businesweek,[1] a former contributing editor at New York Magazine, and the author of Lost Girls,[2] a New York Times best-seller[3] that was named one of Publisher's Weekly's Top Ten Books of 2013.


Bloomberg and New York Magazine[edit]

Kolker's longform journalism for Bloomberg and at New York often focuses on everyday people caught up in extraordinary events. His 2006 investigation into sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community[4] helped bring an abuser to justice and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His exploration of an eighteen-year murder-exoneration case and the police tactics that can lead to false confessions[5] received the Harry Frank Guggenheim 2011 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.

Lost Girls[edit]

Kolker's 2013 book Lost Girls recounts the lives of five sex workers murdered by the Long Island Serial Killer, and recounts the story of the hunt for the as-yet-unidentified killer. It also explores the implications of the emergence of on-line personal ads as a major vehicle for sex work. The book received wide critical acclaim.[6][7][8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Bloomberg's New York magazine raid continues with Kolker hire". Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Kolker, Robert. "Lost Girls". Lost Girls. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Combined Print and E-Book Non-Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Kolker, Robert (2006). "On the Rabbi's Knee". New York Magazine. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Kolker, Robert (3 October 2010). "I Did It". New York Magazine. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gone Girls". The New York Times. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "'Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery' is a tribute to five prostitutes". The Guardian. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Book review: 'Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery' by Robert Kolker - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Kolker, Robert (2013). "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery". USA Today Books. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Anderson, Patrick (7 July 2013). "Robert Kolker's rich, tragic 'Lost Girls' delves into prostitution of Internet era". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "A Ghost Story That Lacks an Ending". The New York Times. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 

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