Leopold is a journalist who insists on real investigative reporting–inside documents, inside sources, hard knife-in-the-gut evidence–detective-style reporting that is just about illegal in the USA. Bravo and my personal Pulitzer to Jason Leopold. Every journalist in America should read this, then quit or riot.
Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
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.

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.

News Junkie

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.

Frighteningly honest. What Anthony Bourdain did to the world of cooking in Kitchen Confidential, Leopold will do to the world of journalism. It’s Sid & Nancy meets All the President’s Men.
Rob Cohen, coauthor of Etiquette for Outlaws
Investigative superstar Jason Leopold spares no one, least of all himself, in this devastatingly accurate first-hand exposé. News Junkie provides the best account so far of how, and why, current American journalism has become so pharisaical, spineless, and detached from the truth.
T. D. Allman, journalist and author of Rogue State, Unmanifest Destiny, and Finding Florida
This scrappy memoir...might become required reading for aspiring journalists.
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