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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 exposé 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)
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"Jason Leopold moved to Los Angeles to marry his girlfriend, and kicked a cocaine addiction. But for the investigative reporter and author of News Junkie, sobriety wasn't the simple fix expected ... [An] amazing life story." -NPR
Jumping from job to job, mistake to mistake, some of which he views as successes, the author changes when he must but rarely achieves much understanding or humility about what he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Honorable Mensch
News Junkie is the engaging memoir and personally revealing story of Jason Leopold and his willingness to risk an unhealthy and destructive life in exchange as an investigative... Read morePublished on June 11, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
I usually don't like this type of book, but after thumbing through the first few pages, I decided to get it. Read morePublished on May 25, 2006 by J. Tate
I have never reviewed a book before but felt so strongly about NEWS JUNKIE that I am compelled to share my experience with other potential readers.
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