David Grann is an award-winning journalist, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author. He has published several non-fiction books. Born on March 18 in 1967, Grann was raised in Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Arts in government from Connecticut College. After receiving the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Grann began working as a journalist in Mexico. Subsequently, Grann attended graduate school at Tufts University, obtaining a master's in international relations. In 1994, he became a copy editor at The Hill, a political newspaper based in Washington D.C. Concurrently, he received an MFA in creative writing from Boston University, while teaching writing courses. Grann was named executive editor at The Hill in 1995 and then, in 1996, became senior editor at The New Republic. In 2003, he was hired as a staff writer at The New Yorker.
In 2009, Grann published The Lost City of Z to great critical acclaim. It was named a "Best Book of the Year" by Publisher's Weekly and Christian Science Monitor. It was adapted into a feature film by director James Gray in 2016. In 2017, he published Killers of the Flower Moon to equally positive critical praise. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best true crime book. In a book review for the New York Times, author Dave Eggers wrote, "in these last pages, Grann takes what was already a fascinating and disciplined recording of a forgotten chapter in American history, and with the help of contemporary Osage tribe members, he illuminates a sickening conspiracy that goes far deeper than those four years of horror." Grann's other works include The Wager (2023), The White Darkness (2018), and The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession (2010). His work as a journalist has received the George Polk Award and Sigma Delta Chi Award.