Teresa Carpenter

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Teresa Carpenter
Born 1948 (1948) (age 69)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Occupation Author, columnist
Education B.A, English literature
M.A., Journalism
Alma mater Graceland University (B.A.), University of Missouri-Columbia (M.A.)[1]
Genre Non-fiction, true crime
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing (1981)
Spouse Steven Levy

Teresa Carpenter (born 1948) is an American author. She was born in Independence, Missouri and lives with her husband Steven Levy in New York's Greenwich Village.


Her articles in the Village Voice in the 1980s won the Pulitzer Prize for best feature writing, as well as two Clarion awards, the Page One award, and the Front Page award. Carpenter was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer in Feature Writing for her account of model Dorothy Stratten's death, after it was revealed that the original winning article, by Janet Cooke of the Washington Post, was a fabrication.[2]


She is the author of four books: Without a Doubt (1997) (with Marcia Clark), a New York Times #1 bestseller, Missing Beauty (1988), a New York Times bestseller, and The Miss Stone Affair (2003). She is also the editor of New York Diaries 1609-2009.[citation needed]

Arlyne Brickman, the Mafia informant and mob moll, was the subject of Carpenter's non-fiction book Mob Girl: A Woman's Life in the Underworld published by Simon & Schuster.[3]


Carpenter's articles have appeared in the following anthologies:

  • Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories, edited by David Garlock
  • Profiles in Courage for our Time, edited by Caroline Kennedy
  • The Village Voice Anthology, edited by Geoffrey Stokes
  • Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines, edited by Edward Jay Friedlander and John Lee
  • Excellence in Reporting, edited by Edward Jay Friedlander, Harry Marsh and Mike Masterson.


  1. ^ a b "About Teresa [Carpenter]". Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "1981 Winners and Finalists". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Diane Cole, "In Love With Crime. The Sad, Brutal Story Of A Woman Who Fell For The Mob", review in The Chicago Tribune, March 22, 1992
    - Susan Campbell, "Mob Girl's Story Falls Short Of Why", review in The Courant, March 8, 1992
    - Leah Rozen, "Accessory During the Fact : MOB GIRL: A Woman's Life in the Underworld", review in The Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1992

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