Mark Di Ionno The Last Newspaperman

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The Last Newspaperman

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In his much-anticipated first novel, award-winning Star-Ledger reporter Mark Di Ionno explores the roots of tabloid journalism and the rise of celebrity media culture.

Jersey in the '30s was Fred Haines s beat, though it was hardly worthy of the reporter who d scooped the Ruth Snyder story back in '27. "The most famous Daily News cover ever," Haines bragged. His photo showed Snyder strapped to the electric chair. "Respectable" papers denounced it as vulgar, but it sold millions of copies and cemented Haines s reputation as the go-to "tabloid guy" just as celebrity worship was becoming an American obsession.

But that was before Haines had the bad sense to publicly insult an even faster-rising media star named Walter Winchell. Haines wound up on the graveyard shift at the Daily Mirror, covering the most trivial stories his editor could dredge up. And Jersey.

"Strictly Sticksville," he said, remembering a cold March night in 1932. That was the night he drove down to rural Hopewell, near Trenton, oblivious that the story of the century was about to break under his byline. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh had been kidnapped, and Haines was about to become part of a media frenzy unlike anything anyone had ever seen.

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Mark Di Ionno is a columnist at The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper. He is a 2013 Pulitzer finalist in the news commentary category, and has won the New Jersey Press Association's first-place award for column writing four of the last five years. Di Ionno got his start in newspapers as a Navy journalist and has been a reporter, editor, and columnist his entire adult life.

Prior to writing for The Star-Ledger, he was a sports columnist at the New York Post. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers Newark, his alma mater, and has written three award-winning books on New Jersey history and culture.

The Last Newspaperman is his first novel.

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A multifaceted debut novel about a journalist at odds with whether to educate or exploit his audience. ... Brilliantly interwoven throughout the novel are revelatory associations...about how sensationalistic journalism continues to influence the industry today. ... Di Ionno s love of his home state of New Jersey is evident not only through the nonfiction he s published and his columns for the Star-Ledger but in this first novel which impressively merges fact and fiction into a resonant story of morality and meaning. A creative double-edged, historically inspired debut. --Kirkus Review

"It is through the eyes of ruthless reporter Fred Haines that we see how modern media evolved from the remorseless, sensational journalism of the 1930s. The Last Newspaperman, Mark Di Ionno has written the Great American newspaper novel." --Robin Gaby Fisher, author, The Woman Who Wasn't There

"For an excursion to a time when newspapers were king, travel the newsprint trail mapped by Mark Di Ionno in his engaging novel The Last Newspaperman. Di Ionno has created characters who are not simply black-and-white, as they provide an inside look at the biggest headline-grabbing events in New Jersey history." --Jim Waltzer, author, Tales of South Jersey

"What happens to a reporter who has an incredible journalistic opportunity that could hurt the people involved? Is a newspaperman's loyalty to his work or to his conscience? Mark Di Ionno poses this question in this atmospheric and highly suspenseful novel centered on the Lindbergh baby case. The Last Newspaperman kept me up all night." --Alice Elliott Dark, author, In the Gloaming, O. Henry Award winn

"What happens to a reporter who has an incredible journalistic opportunity that could hurt the people involved? Is a newspaperman's loyalty to his work or to his conscience? Mark Di Ionno poses this question in this atmospheric and highly suspenseful novel centered on the Lindbergh baby case. The Last Newspaperman kept me up all night." --Alice Elliott Dark, author, In the Gloaming, O. Henry Award winner

"It is through the eyes of ruthless reporter Fred Haines that we see how modern media evolved from the remorseless, sensational journalism of the 1930s. The Last Newspaperman, Mark Di Ionno has written the Great American newspaper novel." --Robin Gaby Fisher, author, The Woman Who Wasn't There

"For an excursion to a time when newspapers were king, travel the newsprint trail mapped by Mark Di Ionno in his engaging novel The Last Newspaperman. Di Ionno has created characters who are not simply black-and-white, as they provide an inside look at the biggest headline-grabbing events in New Jersey history." --Jim Waltzer, author, Tales of South Jersey

"What happens to a reporter who has an incredible journalistic opportunity that could hurt the people involved? Is a newspaperman's loyalty to his work or to his conscience? Mark Di Ionno poses this question in this atmospheric and highly suspenseful novel centered on the Lindbergh baby case. The Last Newspaperman kept me up all night." --Alice Elliott Dark, author, In the Gloaming, O. Henry Award winn

"What happens to a reporter who has an incredible journalistic opportunity that could hurt the people involved? Is a newspaperman's loyalty to his work or to his conscience? Mark Di Ionno poses this question in this atmospheric and highly suspenseful novel centered on the Lindbergh baby case. The Last Newspaperman kept me up all night." --Alice Elliott Dark, author, In the Gloaming, O. Henry Award winner

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