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Shaun Assael

is an award-winning journalist, author and producer who covers politics, sports and true crime… sometimes all at once.

On Sonny Liston, Non-Sports Sportswriting & Confederate Monuments

On Sonny Liston, Non-Sports Sportswriting & Confederate Monuments

A wide-ranging interview on NPR's Coastline that covers all the bases.
WINNER: 2022 SPJ Golden Eyeshade Award (Best Magazine Writing)

WINNER: 2022 SPJ Golden Eyeshade Award (Best Magazine Writing)

I'm thrilled to make my debut in Smithsonian Magazine with this strange but true thriller about the swashbuckling 18th Century naturalist Andre Michaux, and the friendship with Thomas Jefferson that nearly ruined him. Hear a podcast, too.
WINNER: 2022 National Headliner Award (Major News Event or Topic)

WINNER: 2022 National Headliner Award (Major News Event or Topic)

What's behind the advice sold by advocates for Truth & Reconciliation Commissions? In this award-winning deep dive for Mother Jones, Peter Keating and I reveal the conflicts-of-interest and agendas driving the far-flung Truth & Reconciliation Complex.

The reviews are in, and Pariah, Showtime’s documentary adaptation of my book, The Murder of Sonny Liston, is a hit. You can see it on Showtime, and watch the trailer here. 

Best Sports Book
The Boston Globe

A thrilling mystery.
Leave it to Liston to emerge as its larger-than-life anti-hero.”

Nick Pileggi
author of Wiseguy and Casino

As tough and pounding
as its subject.”

Robert Lipsyte
author of The Contender and An Accidental Sportswriter

The Murder of Sonny Liston Book Cover
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