by Jason Leopold
In 2002, Jason Leopold seemed to be on top of the world. His reporting about Enron’s bankruptcy and the controversy surrounding it was being used by NPR, he was hot on the trail of a possible connection to an army secretary, and he was one of the few reporters granted an interview with Enron President Jeff Skilling. And then it all came crashing down.
When Salon was forced to take down Leopold’s article about Army Secretary Thomas E. White’s role in the Enron bankruptcy, his world began to unravel. Ostracized from the mainstream media, slipping into a deep depression, with no prospects on the horizon, Jason Leopold was forced to start from scratch.
News Junkie is Jason’s story, an addict to the core, he traded an early life of drugs and crime for the equally addictive world of breaking news. From the top of the reporting world to its dregs and back again, Leopold takes us on a journey through some of the biggest events of the recent past, all the while letting us into his inner struggles.
With an unforgettable array of characters, from weepy editors and love-starved politicos to steroid-pumped mobsters who intimidate Leopold into selling drugs and stolen goods, News Junkie shows how a man once fueled by raging fear and self-hatred transforms his life, regenerated by love, sobriety and a new, harmonious career with the media.
Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Paperback, Fall 2014: 978-1-940207-23-0
US $14.95 | Memoir
Also available in ebook formats
Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter for VICE News who covers Guantanamo, counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government, and civil liberties issues. He’s been called a “FOIA Terrorist” by federal employees for his aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act.