Award-winning journalist and biographer

PAUL GRONDAHL: Times Union reporter, award-winning biographer & teacher


"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes."
-- Agatha Christie

Selected Teaching

Adjunct professor, University at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences. Spring, 2013.

Writer-in-Residence. Albany Academy and Albany Academy For Girls. 2005-2013.

Rensselaerville Institute. Minds-On Workshops. 1995-2008.

New Visions. Public Communications. 1996-2010.

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Dear readers:

Due out Aug. 20 is a new book I collaborated on with Ed Lewi, legendary P.R. man. The book is titled "A Wild Ride: Bears, Babes and Marketing to the Max" and it will be available through You can also find it in local bookstores and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble's website. It's a series of fun, rollicking tales of Lewi's legendary powers of promotion. It involves memorable stories of handling publicity for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, helping market Saratoga as America's Summer Place to Be and hilarious anecdotes of working with celebrities including Donald Trump, Merv Griffin and Paul Newman. Look for upcoming events and book signings. Ed's motto remains: "If It's Not Fun, Don't Do It."

Also, I'm working away diligently on my biography of Andy Rooney for SUNY Press. I enjoyed a fruitful research trip with the Rooney Papers at the University of Texas at Austin this spring and have conducted productive with some of Rooney's old CBS colleagues and longtime pals from Albany.

I highly recommend a novel I read on vacation this summer, "All That Is" by James Salter. He's a prose master.

Enjoy what's left of summer.

Happy reading,

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-- Here's my link to an appreciation column I wrote after the death at 91 of legendary reporter Shirley Armstrong, who covered courts and was one of the great reporters in the annals of the Times Union. http:/​/​​local/​article/​Trailblazing-TU-reporter-Shirley-Armstrong-dies-4958906.php

-- Here's a link to my column about editing my Times Union editor, Harry Rosenfeld, and his new memoir. http:/​/​​local/​article/​Editing-my-editor-Harry-Rosenfeld-a-legend-in-4822677.php

-- Here's a link to my first-person piece of going on a bike ride with Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee. It was published in the Times Union on Oct. 12, 2012.

-- Here's a link to my story chronicling the final chapter in an independent bookstore in Schenectady, the Open Door.


-- Read my obituary and appreciation of Adirondack Woodswoman Anne LaBastille in the fall 2011 edition of the Adirondack Explorer. Follow the link to read it online.


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