Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biographyÂ of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidentialÂ candidate.Â Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal IconÂ explores RFKâ€™s extraordinaryÂ transformation from cold warrior to fiery leftist.
Tyeâ€™s first book,Â The Father of Spin, is a biography of public relations pioneer Edward L.Bernays.Â Home LandsÂ looks at the Jewish renewal underway from Boston to BuenosÂ Aires.Â Rising from the RailsÂ explores how the black men who worked on GeorgeÂ Pullmanâ€™s railroad sleeping cars helped kick-start the Civil Rights movement and gaveÂ birth to todayâ€™s African-American middle class.Â Shock, a collaboration with KittyÂ Dukakis, is a journalistâ€™s first-person account of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), psychiatryâ€™s most controversialÂ treatment, and a portrait of how that therapy helped one woman overcome debilitatingÂ depression.Â SatchelÂ is the biography of two American icons â€“ Satchel Paige and JimÂ Crow.Â SupermanÂ tells the nearly-real life story of the most enduring American hero of theÂ last century.
In addition to his writing, Tye runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, whichÂ helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues like public health, mentalÂ health, and high-tech medicine. Launched in 2001 and supported by a series ofÂ foundations, the fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists a year from newspapers,radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide.
From 1986 to 2001, Tye was an award-winning reporter atÂ The Boston Globe, where hisÂ primary beat was medicine. He also served as theÂ Globeâ€™sÂ environmental reporter, rovingÂ national writer, investigative reporter, and sports writer. Before that, he was theÂ environmental reporter atÂ The Courier-JournalÂ in Louisville, and covered governmentÂ and business at TheÂ Anniston StarÂ in Alabama.
Tye, who graduated from Brown University, was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard UniversityÂ in 1993-94. He taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern, and Tufts.