About the Author
Walter Newkirk is the founder of Walter Newkirk Public Relations LLC, and now primarily books interviews with authors and celebrities for satellite television tours. He is contracted by public relations agencies to book television interviews for authors of many best-selling books; including titles by Martha Stewart, Suze Orman, Perez Hilton, Valerie Bertinelli, Tony Curtis, Jenna Bush, and Maureen McCormick,. Mr. Newkirk also served as a Senior Account Director for Ruder Finn/ Planned Television Arts, a public relations firm in New York City, which specializes in book publicity. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, he worked on publicity for the film Roseland with the Oscar winning director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant. He has also been involved with projects for the photojournalist Ron Galella, the award winning film MILK, and was Director of Public Relations for the John Harms Center For The Arts (now Bergen Performing Arts Center) in Englewood, NJ. The author was Supervisor of Public Relations for The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, which has one of the finest collections of Tibetan art in the world. While he was there, he organized a press conference for His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama. Prior to that, he was a publicist for The Whole Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, where Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis was the Artistic Director. As a college journalist, Walter Newkirk interviewed Edith Bouvier Beale, the actors Divine and Jon Voight; in addition to Pat Loud, who appeared in the first national reality series in television history An American Family (PBS, 1973). Letters of Little Edie Beale is Mr. Newkirk’s second book.