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Journalist Tom Nugent wrote Death at Buffalo Creek (W.W. Norton) in 1973, while working as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press.  The book won Nugent a $12,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  Nugent went on to spend five years as a feature writer for the Baltimore Sun and eight years as a national correspondent in the Washington bureau of People Magazine.  Nugent has also reported and written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, The Nation, MIT Technology Review, Mother Jones, Stanford University magazine and many other newspapers and magazines.

Nugent has also written or edited half a dozen books on non-fiction subjects in recent years, including Breakthroughs in American Medicine (the Detroit Medical Center Press, 2007) and Working in the Countertransference: Necessary Entanglements (Jason Aronson, Inc., 2005), a non-fiction book on the history of psychotherapy, with Howard A. Wishnie, M.D.

Here’s a recent description of Nugent’s journalism from Stanford magazine:

Journalist TOM NUGENT has spent many years covering news and profiling newsmakers. He has written and reported for a range of publications, including the New York Times and People Magazine. One of his most memorable assignments was a coal-mining catastrophe in West Virginia while he was working for the Detroit Free Press. It led to a book, Death at Buffalo Creek (W.W. Norton). Nugent has received a journalism fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in recent years has specialized in writing about the work of Washington lawmakers and groundbreaking scientists – especially medical researchers like psychiatrist Fuller Torrey. ( “I love talking to these guys, because they’re so intense,” Nugent says. “They’re like professional athletes. They’re focused to the max, and they’re usually burning with passion.”

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