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Who better to lay bare the cutthroat worlds of mainstream journalism, politics and high finance than an obsessive news junkie whose compulsions lead him from drugs and crime to become an award-winning investigative reporter.

Author Jason Leopold broke key stories about Enron Corporation's infamous phony trading floor and the California energy crisis for the Dow Jones Newswires. While exposing corporate crooks and double-dealing politicians, ...

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Who better to lay bare the cutthroat worlds of mainstream journalism, politics and high finance than an obsessive news junkie whose compulsions lead him from drugs and crime to become an award-winning investigative reporter.

Author Jason Leopold broke key stories about Enron Corporation's infamous phony trading floor and the California energy crisis for the Dow Jones Newswires. While exposing corporate crooks and double-dealing politicians, Leopold hides secrets of his own felonious past, fearful that he would be discovered.

News Junkie introduces us to an unforgettable array of real-life characters, from love-starved politicos to weepy editors to steroid-pumped mobsters who threaten the author into selling drugs and stolen goods.

News Junkie shows how a man once fueled by self-destructive impulses transforms his life, regenerated by love, sobriety and a new, harmonious career with the independent media.

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Leopold, one of the reporters who broke the Enron story, is now breaking his own story: how he got addicted to cocaine, committed grand theft, cleaned himself up and found happiness as a "news junkie." While residential rehab programs and an incredibly committed wife were key to his turnaround, what saved his life was his discovery of the adrenaline high of news scooping. After a few small successes, Leopold got lucky when he began investigating insider trading by aides to California's Gov. Grey Davis and stumbled onto the extraordinary scandal of Enron's manipulation of utility deregulation in California. By the time Leopold was pressured into resigning from Dow Jones in 2002, he was one of the few reporters who'd actually interviewed Enron president Jeff Skilling. He then rushed to publish a flawed expos of the secretary of the army's Enron connections, seriously damaging his journalistic credibility. Disillusioned by the institutional biases of mainstream media, Leopold finally decided to freelance with independent, Internet-based news services. While there's a lot of lying admitted to in this scrappy memoir, from Leopold's hiding of his criminal past to his playing of sources to get his scoops, it's (probably) not an untruthful memoir-indeed, it might become required reading for aspiring journalists. (May 9) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"I love this book. When other U.S. reporters were licking Ken Lay's loafers, Leopold went for Enron's thieving throat. Leopold is a journalist who insists on real investigative reporting–inside documents, inside sources, hard knife-in-the-gut evidence–detective-style reporting that is just about illegal in the U.S.A. Bravo and my personal Pulitzer to Jason Leopold. Every journalist in America should read this, then quit or riot."
— Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

"Investigative superstar Jason Leopold spares no one, least of all himself, in this devastatingly accurate first-hand exposé. News Junkie provides the best account so far of how, and why, current American journalism has become so pharisaical, spineless, and detached from the truth."
— T. D. Allman, journalist and author of Rogue State, Unmanifest Destiny, and Finding Florida

"Having told the truth for years as a first-rate reporter, Jason Leopold now comes completely clean about himself and also sheds light on his imperiled profession. A riveting account of just how hard the truth can be."
— Mark Crispin Miller, author of Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order

"Frighteningly honest. What Anthony Bourdain did to the world of cooking in Kitchen Confidential, Leopold will do to the world of journalism. It's Sid & Nancy meets All the President's Men."
— Rob Cohen, coauthor of Etiquette for Outlaws

"This memoir is one of the most brutally honest books I've ever read. You will grow to believe, and cheer on, this flawed hero as he gains a liberating knowledge of himself."
— Joe Loya, author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976082248
  • Publisher: Process
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

An investigative reporter for VICE News who covers Guantanamo, counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government, and civil liberties issues, Jason Leopold has been called a "FOIA Terrorist" by federal employees for his aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

1 The Insider 11
2 The Scoop 27
3 Heaven and Hell 45
4 Back in the High Life Again 55
5 Hollywood Libel 93
6 "You're Hired!" 111
7 The Times, They Are A-Changin' 133
8 "You're Either a Really Great Journalist, or a Serial Killer" 155
9 White Lies 167
10 Sabotage 205
11 Blacklisted Again 225
12 Truth Hurts, or, How I Learned From My Fuck-Ups 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2008

    Wow

    Once you start you can stop.<BR/>An amazing story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    One of the Most Fascinating Memoirs on American Journalism and Addiction

    I got an advance copy of this book. It is a true page turner. Once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down. It is written with such an urgency you feel like you are right there with the author as he breaks story after story and snorts lines like his life depended on it. This is what a true memoir is: ugly, brutally honest, and real.

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