John Aloysius Farrell – Briefly Biographical
John Aloysius Farrell is the author of "Tip O`Neill and the Democratic Century," and of an upcoming biography of Clarence Darrow, the great American defense lawyer. To research and write the book on Darrow, in mid-2007 Farrell left his job as Washington Bureau Chief and Assistant Managing Editor for The Denver Post, and MediaNews bureau chief in the nation`s capital. The MediaNews chain, based in Denver, contains 50 newspapers, represented by a dozen reporters and columnists in the Washington bureau.
It was while working as White House correspondent, Washington editor and deputy bureau chief for The Boston Globe, that Farrell researched and wrote his book on Tip O`Neill.
Jack was awarded a Dirksen Congressional Center research grant for his biography of O`Neill. It also won the D.B. Hardeman Prize in 2003 for the best writing on Congress from the University of Texas and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.
In 1996, Jack received the Gerald R. Ford prize and the Aldo Beckman Award from the White House Correspondents Association for coverage of the presidency, the first time anyone had captured both awards in a single year.
He has also won the 2001 Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for distinguished Washington reporting, the 1990 Roy Howard Public Service Prize, and a George Polk Award in 1984.
During his tenure as Washington editor for the Globe, members of the 10-person staff won a George Polk award, the Raymond Clapper prize and the Aldo Beckman award.
As an investigative reporter, Farrell`s work spurred congressional investigations by the House Appropriations Committee on the exploitation and theft of Native American natural resources (1985) and on the failure of the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute rape and other felony cases on Indian Reservations (1986); by the House Energy and Commerce Committee (1984) on faulty medical devices, and by the House Government Operations Committee (1991) on the failures of the Patriot missile during the Gulf War.
A 1989 investigation conducted by Jack and other members of the Globe "Spotlight" team probed the conduct of municipal judges in Massachusetts and led to the appointment of a special master, whose report resulted in the resignation of three judges, and other reforms.\
Jack was born on Long Island and attended Holy Family High School in Huntington, NY and Robert E. Peary High School in Montgomery County, Md. He graduated from the University of Virginia "with distinction" in 1975. In his newspaper career, he has worked on the Annapolis Evening Capital, the Baltimore News American, The Boston Globe and The Denver Post. He is married, and has two children and an Australian Shepherd named Charlie.
Farrell has served as a guest lecturer for classes at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States Military Academy, Dartmouth College and American University.
Reviews in Brief:
"John Aloysius Farrell`s long, detailed and fascinating book is more than the definitive biography of a flawed but startlingly successful old-fashioned political leader. It`s also a guided tour through American governmental history from the beginning of the New Deal through the Reagan years.....An entertaining book and a valuable history of the fifty years that have changed America, probably forever." -- Mario Cuomo, New York Times Book Review
"Beautifully written, lively and highly informative, this book excels not only as the best available biography of O`Neill but also as the most readable book for those who want to understand the modern Congress. Political junkies will savor it, the public will learn from it, and academics will want to use it in their classrooms." -- Library Journal