Tom Junod

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Tom Junod
Born (1958-04-09) April 9, 1958 (age 61)
Spouse(s)Janet Junod
ChildrenAntonia Li Junod

Tom Junod (born April 9, 1958) is an American journalist. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the most prestigious award in magazine writing.[1]

Background and education[edit]

In 1980, Junod graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany.[2]


Junod worked as a writer for Esquire magazine beginning in 1997, after following editor David Granger to the magazine from GQ. He also worked for Atlanta magazine, Life, Sports Illustrated. Junod has published award-winning American magazine pieces, including The Abortionist, The Rapist Says He's Sorry,[3] The Falling Man[4] and a 2001 piece on R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, in which he satirically fabricated information.[5] He is currently a writer for ESPN.

Junod is also notable for his Esquire profile of Fred Rogers, which Junod has said changed his perspective on life after his encounter with Rogers.[6] The event is the premise of the 2019 feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.[6] Junod also appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?[7]


Junod is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors, one for a profile of John Britton, an abortion doctor,[8] and one for a profile of a rapist undergoing therapy while enduring what is known as "civil commitment." He is also a ten-time finalist for the award.[9]

In 2011 Junod won the James Beard Award for his essay My Mom Couldn't Cook, published in Esquire in September 2010.[10]


  1. ^ Peter Carlson (26 June 2007). "Bringing Out the Worst In Celebrity Coverage?". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Shepherd, Steven L. (2001). Our fathers: reflections by sons. Beacon Press. p. 248. ISBN 0-8070-6246-4.
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  4. ^ Junod, Tom (2003). "The Falling Man". Esquire Magazine.
  5. ^ "Writer Comes Clean On Fake Stipe Profile". Billboard. May 25, 2001. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Emmy-Winning Sound Mixer Dies After Fall on Set of Tom Hanks' Mr. Rogers Biopic". Variety. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mr. Rogers doc 'Wont You Be My Neighbor?' feels right for our less-than-neighborly times". CNN. June 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Junod, Tom (February 1994). "The Abortionist". GQ.
  9. ^ Fennell, John (2009). "The Missouri Association of Publications 5th Anniversary Publishing Summit Will Be Held March 5 and 6 in Columbia". University of Missouri Journalism School.
  10. ^ Junod, Tom (2010). "My Mom Couldn't Cook". Esquire Magazine.

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