Mitchell Zuckoff

Professor, Journalism

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BA, University of Rhode Island
MA, University of Missouri (O.O. McIntyre Fellow)
Batten Fellow, Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia

Professor Zuckoff is the author, most recently, of Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II. His previous book, Lost in Shangri-La, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Winship/PEN New England Award. He is a former special projects reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a… Read more

Professor Zuckoff is the author, most recently, of Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II. His previous book, Lost in Shangri-La, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Winship/PEN New England Award. He is a former special projects reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award. His earlier books are Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, one of Amazon.com’s “Best Books of 2009”; Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, a New York Times Editors’ Choice book; and Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey, which received the Christopher Award and was named a Massachusetts Honor Book. He is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award.

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  • Found in Shangri-La

    August 15, 2016

    The Boston Globe By Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication “MAJOR PHILLIP J. DATTILO never made it home from his service in the South Pacific during World War II…” View full article

  • A History Of Presidential Tax Returns

    August 9, 2016

    WBUR “Radio Boston” Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication Traditionally, major party presidential nominees have released their tax returns to the public for the last 40 years… Listen to audio of expert Mitchell Zuckoff 

  • Why We Ask to See Candidates’ Tax Returns

    August 6, 2016

    New York Times (subscription required) By Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication Lost in the debate over Donald J. Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns is the story of where the custom of disclosure comes from — and why it can be so valuable as a measure of character… View full article by expert Mitchell […]

  • The backlash over writer Gay Talese’s comments at BU

    April 3, 2016

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication Did Gay Talese just say that? Speaking at a conference at Boston University on Saturday, the legendary journalist-turned-author struggled to answer a question about female writers who inspired him… Expert quote: “I interpreted Gay’s remark to be a comment more about what life was like as a […]

  • Oscar 2016: Keeping It Real? Boston Writers Weigh In On True-Event Nominees

    February 26, 2016

    WBUR “The Artery” Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication In the last three years, more than half of the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees billed themselves as “based on true events.”… Expert quote: “I need to know everything inside quote marks is true.” View full article

  • ’13 Hours’ Seeks To Shed New Light On Benghazi Attacks

    January 15, 2016

    NPR “Here & Now” Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication The new film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” tells the story of the September 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission and a C.I.A. station in Benghazhi, Libya, by Islamic terrorists… View full article and listen to audio of expert Mitchell Zuckoff

  • US security contractors recount Benghazi attack

    November 16, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication Mitchell Zuckoff is no novice when it comes to telling war stories — two of the Boston University journalism professor’s previous books recounted tales from World War II. But when he was approached about narrating the events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, Zuckoff knew […]

  • ‘13 Hours’ by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team

    September 26, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication “It’s so nice to be back in Benghazi,” Christopher Stevens, US ambassador to Libya, wrote in his diary on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. Stevens felt a “much stronger emotional connection” to Benghazi — with its smaller-town feel, “moist air & green & spacious compound” […]

  • Mitch Zuckoff’s Detailed Look At The Benghazi Attack

    September 24, 2014

    WGBH “Greater Boston” Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication The fight against ISIS has everyone’s attention, but this time two years ago, a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was at the forefront… View video of expert Mitchell Zuckoff

  • A suggestion for the House Benghazi committee: Let’s talk about private military contractors

    September 17, 2014

    Salon By Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication As gunmen swarmed and fires raged two years ago on the United States’ diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, help for Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and six other besieged Americans was less than a mile away… View full article by expert Mitchell Zuckoff

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