Award-winning journalist and biographer

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


"We do not write in order to be understood, we write in order to understand."
-- C. Day-Lewis

-- Thursday, Jan. 23. 6-8 p.m. Albany Institute of History & Art. Talking with Norman Rice about "These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery," followed by a book signing. Hope to see you there.

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 friends:

It's official. I have signed a contract with SUNY Press to write a biography of Andy Rooney. I have begun interviews and research and I will spending a lot of quality time with everyone's favorite curmudgeon. Please contact me if you have recollections or stories of memorable encounters with him.

I have several upcoming talks and book signings for "These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery." It has been an unqualified success and we've sold more than 1,000 copies in the first month. Look for it in more bookstores and locations in coming weeks. All proceeds go to our Times Union charity, the Hope Fund, which sends underprivileged kids to after-school programs and summer camps. The book is s a fascinating look at local history and it supports a good cause. Purchase a copy and I'd be happy to sign it for you.

It is going to be a busy, productive winter. But there are also special travels ahead. I'm looking forward to our annual Orlando golf trip with my brother in February and a bonus trip out to see my parents in March with my son. It's all good.

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.


Literary Representation

Daniel Mandel
Literary Agent
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
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New York, NY 10003
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