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Jack Newfield was the author of numerous books and an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Boys High (1955) and Hunter College with a major in Journalism (1960).

In recent years he wrote for Parade Magazine, the Nation, New York Magazine, the New York Sun, and Newsday. He was a Fellow of the Nation Institute. He was formerly Senior Editor at the Village Voice (1964-1988) and long-time columnist for the New York Daily News (1988-1990) and the New York Post (1991-2001).

His many awards include the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting (1980); an Emmy for the documentary "Don King: Unauthorized" (PBS, 1991); New York State Bar Association Special award for a series of articles that led to the exoneration and release from prison of Bobby McLaughlin, wrongfully convicted of murder (1986); and the Society of Silurians 25-Year News Achievement Award (2000).

Jack died December 21st, 2004 in New York City. The cause was kidney cancer that had spread to his lungs. He was 66.

His books include:

   A Prophetic Minority (1966)
   Robert Kennedy: A Memoir (1969)
   A Populist Manifesto (with Jeff Greenfield, 1971)
   Bread and Roses Too (1973)
   The Permanent Government (with Paul DuBrul, 1977)
   City for Sale (with Wayne Barrett, 1989)
   Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King (1995, source of the Emmy-winning HBO film)
   Somebody's Gotta Tell It: The Upbeat Memoir of a Working Class Journalist (2002)
   The Full Rudy: The Man, the Myth and the Mania (December 2002)
   The Life and Crimes of Don King: The Shame of Boxing in America (2003, revised edition)
   RFK: A Memoir (2003, revised edition)
   American Rebels (2003, ed.)
   American Monsters (with Mark Jacobson, 2004)

Documentary films in which Newfield participated:

   Sugar Ray Robinson: Bright Lights, Dark Shadows (HBO, 1998, co-producer)
   Robert Kennedy (Discovery Network, 1998, writer, reporter, and co-producer)
   Good Cop Bad Cop (PBS, 1993, writer and reporter)
   JFK, Hoffa and the Mob (PBS, 1992, writer and reporter)
   Don King Unauthorized (PBS, 1991, writer and reporter)