Award-winning journalist and biographer

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


"Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
-- Samuel Beckett

Selected Teaching

Writer-in-Residence. Albany Academies. 2005-2016.

One-day writing workshops, assorted locations.

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Greetings friends and readers:

I hope you are enjoying many hours of reading pleasure this summer. I highly recommend the following books that I've recently read:

-- "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi
-- "Wherever There Is Light" by Peter Golden
-- "News To Me" by Barry Newman

I've wrapped up two recent book commissions, a 100th anniversary history of Russell Sage College and the history of the Albany Guardian Society.

Now, back to my Andy Rooney biography and other projects.

I wish you luck in your writing. And keep reading.

Paul Grondahl

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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.


Literary Representation

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