David Carr talks about his memoir The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. Carr exposes his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house to columnist for N.Y. Times. Built on 60 videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, this is a ferocious tale.
David Carr writes a column for the Monday Business section of the New York Times that focuses on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. He also works as a general assignment reporter in the Culture section of The New York Times covering all aspects of popular culture.
For the past 25 years, Carr has been writing about media as it intersects with business, culture and government.
Carr began working at the Times in 2002 covering the magazine publishing industry for the Business section. Prior to arriving at the Times, Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine, writing articles that ranged from homeland security issues to the movie industry. In 2000, he was the media writer for Inside.com, a web news site focusing on the business of entertainment and publishing.
Prior to arriving in New York, Carr served as editor of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in Washington D.C. for five years. During that time, he wrote a column, “Paper Trail,” which focused on media issues in the nation’s capital. In 1997, Carr was received first place in the media category of the Association of Alternative Weeklies annual awards for "Good News ..."
From 1993 to 1995, Carr was editor of the Twin Cities Reader, a Minneapolis-based alternative weekly, and wrote a media column there as well. Before serving as editor of the Reader, Carr worked for a variety of business, entertainment and sports publications in the Twin Cities area.
Carr lives in Montclair, New Jersey and is married to Jill Rooney Carr. They have three children.
New York Times columnist David Carr shares his experience with an alcohol relapse 14 years into his recovery from addiction to crack. Carr says he thought, "You know, I wonder what would happen if I poured whiskey all over this?"