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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,  The Bones of Marianna: A Reform School, a Terrible Secret, and a Hundred-Year Fight for Justice, Prepare to Meet They Doom, Alligator Candy: A Memoir, and The World’s Most Dangerous Geek.

A contributing editor of Rolling Stone, Kushner has written for publications including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and Playboy. The winner of the New York Press Club award for Best Feature Reporting, Kushner has been included in The Best American Crime Reporting, The Best Music Writing, and The Columbia Journalism Review’s Best Business Writing anthologies. His ebook, The Bones of Marianna, was chosen by Amazon as a Best Digital Single of 2013. A 2016 Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, he has also taught as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. Kushner is the former digital culture essayist for National Public Radio Weekend Edition Sunday. In the mid-90s, he was a producer and writer for the online music site, SonicNet.