David Kushner is an award-winning journalist and author. His books include Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds, Stormed Las Vegas, Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb, Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto,  Alligator Candy: A Memoir, and The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise.

Kushner wrote the nonfiction graphic novels illustrated by Koren Shadmi: Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D, A for Anonymous: How a Mysterious Hacker Collective Transformed the World, and Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master: Pong, Atari, and the Dawn of the Video Game. He is the author of the ebook, The Bones of Marianna: A Reform School, a Terrible Secret, and a Hundred-Year Fight for Justice. Two collections of his magazine stories are available as audiobooks, The World’s Most Dangerous Geek: And More True Hacking Stories and Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories. His memoir Alligator Candy has been adapted into a serial podcast.

Kushner has written for publications including Rolling Stone,  The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and as a contributing editor for Outside. He has been an essayist for National Public Radio Weekend Edition Sunday. His work is featured in several “best of” anthologies: The Best American Crime Reporting, The Columbia Journalism Review’s Best Business Writing, The Best Music Writing, and The Best American Travel Writing. He won of the New York Press Club award for Best Feature Reporting. His ebook The Bones of Marianna was selected by Amazon as a Best Digital Single of 2013. NPR named his memoir Alligator Candy among the best books of 2016. The Alligator Candy podcast has received several awards including the Gold medal for Best Personal Lives Podcast from the New York Radio Awards, the Best True Crime and Best Podcast Experience from the Popcon Podcast Awards, a top 10 Podcast of the Year  from the Podcast Academy’s Ambie awards, and honorable mentions for Best Limited Series and Best Crime & Justice from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s Webby Awards.

Many of his articles and books are being adapted for TV and film. SILK ROAD is based on his Rolling Stone story “Dead End on Silk Road.” ZOLA is based on his Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All” and the tweets of A’Ziah “Zola” King; Kushner is an executive producer of the film. Upcoming projects include:  A Spike Lee musical film based on Kushner’s Esquire story ALL RISE about the launch of Viagra; a film based on his Vanity Fair article, THE CHURCH OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY starring Christian Bale.  Amma Asante is writing and directing a series based on Kushner’s book LEVITTOWN. GAMECHANGERS, a BBC film, is inspired by his book Jacked. Kushner has been featured in several documentaries including WHAT WILL BECOME OF US?, a feature about Holocaust survivor and shopping mall magnate Frank Lowy, and the Peacock docuseries THE BATTLE FOR JUSTINA PELLETIER, based on his Rolling Stone article “The Hacker Who Cared Too Much.”

Kushner has taught as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. In the early 90s, he was a producer and writer for SonicNet, one of the first music destinations online. He has served on the board of directors of Good Grief, a childhood grief support organization. His newsletter, Disruptor, can be found here.

Author illustration by Koren Shadmi