Calvin Trillin | The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press

Recorded Feb 15, 2024
Direct Download: 20240215-calvint.mp3

In conversation with Bill Marimow

“Perhaps the finest reporter in America” (The Miami Herald), Calvin Trillin has written more than 400 nonfiction and comic articles for The New Yorker since 1963. His book include U.S. Journal and Killings, collections of his columns from between 1967 and 1982. A former Time columnist and syndicated columnist at The Nation, Trillin wrote and performed two one-man shows, wrote a play that was staged at the American Place Theatre, and has appeared across a wide variety of media outlets. He has also published two comic novels, four books of political verse, and three memoirs, and his humor collection Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2012. Replete with his signature empathy and wit, The Lede is a portrait of journalists and their craft constructed through curated articles from his six-decade career.

As a reporter for The Philadelphia InquirerBill Marimow twice won the Pulitzer Prize for public service. The editor in chief of the Inquirer from 2006 to 2017 and formerly its vice president of strategic development, he also served as vice president of news at National Public Radio and editor in chief of The Baltimore Sun. His other honors include two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association and two Robert F. Kennedy awards.

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