PAUL GRONDAHL

Award-winning journalist and biographer

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

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"When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."
-- Jorge Luis Borges



Selected Teaching


Adjunct professor, University at Albany, College of Arts and Sciences. 2009-2014.

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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Hello everyone:

Happy New Year and best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive 2016.
At the Times Union, I'm entering my 32nd year as a reporter at the paper and I'm always trying to grow and improve as a writer and to experiment with new ventures and enterprising reporting. I was pleased to collaborate with WMHT, the public TV station, in 2015 on our heroin project, "The Dragon Lives Here," and I look forward to more collaborations with them and others in 2016.
On the book front, "Great Dogs of Albany and Beyond" was a regional best-seller and repeatedly sold out out at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. We sold out the entirety of its 800-copy first run in six months and went back for a second printing. It's the third successful book project to benefit our in-house charity, the Times Union Hope Fund, which sends hundreds of disadvantaged kids to summer camps and after-school programs each year. The book also generated a $5,000 gift to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
Looking ahead to 2016, I am hoping to complete my biography of Andy Rooney, which is under contract with SUNY Press. More on that later.
I'm also wrapping up another book project, a 100th anniversary commemorative volume for The Sage Colleges.
As always, I've got other literary irons in the fire.
It's a crazy, changing, challenging time for journalists and writers. The Web and social media has made it a crowded, noisy, quarrelsome pool. But my fellow scribes and I keep swimming against the tide.
I predict that print in all forms -- newspapers, magazines and books -- will have a slight resurgence in 2016.
Each generation has to discover the enduring technologies themselves and I believe they will, when their necks grow sore and their eyes strained after staring at the pocket-sized screen of their smartphones all day.
But remember to put down your book, newspaper, tablet, iPhone, Kindle or whatever device you use and re-connect person-to-person.
The real beauty and joy and authenticity is found in human connections.
Thanks for indulging the ramblings of an old-school wordsmith.
Wishing you many happy stories ahead in 2016.
Cheers,
Paul



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ASSORTED LITERARY PIECES

-- 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:/​/​www.timesunion.com/​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:/​/​www.timesunion.com/​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.
http:/​/​www.timesunion.com/​local/​article/​A-Nobel-novelist-as-cyclist-3944687.php

-- Here's a link to my story chronicling the final chapter in an independent bookstore in Schenectady, the Open Door.
http:/​/​www.timesunion.com/​local/​article/​Bookstore-s-epilogue-or-a-new-chapter-3941285.php

RECENT FREELANCE ARTICLES


-- 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.

http:/​/​www.adirondackexplorer.org/​stories/​2011/​08/​22/​anne-labastille-1933-2011/​


Literary Representation


Daniel Mandel
Literary Agent
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 206-5600
www.greenburger.com