Jim Dwyer (born New York City, NY, USA, March 4, 1957) is an American journalist who is a reporter and columnist with The New York Times, and the author or co-author of several nonfiction books. A native New Yorker, in 1992 Dwyer was a member of a team at New York Newsday that won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting for their coverage of the 1991 Union Square derailment, and in 1995, as a columnist with New York Newsday, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Besides the New York Times and Newsday, he has worked at the Hudson Dispatch, the Elizabeth Daily Journal, The Record of Hackensack, and The New York Daily News. He joined the New York Times in May 2001 and contributed to the paper’s coverage of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, detailing how intelligence was manipulated to create the illusion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Dwyer has also been the About New York columnist at the New York Times since April 2007.
Dwyer graduated from the Loyola School (New York City), earned a bachelor’s degree in general science from Fordham University in 1979 and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1980. Dwyer appeared in the 2012 documentary film Central Park Five and was portrayed on stage in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy (2013).
Major Awards and Honors
- 1992: Spot News Reporting – as a member of a team New York Newsday team, for their coverage of the 1991 Union Square derailment
- 1995: Commentary – for his compelling and compassionate columns about New York City
- Subway Lives: 24 Hours in the Life of the New York Subways (1991)
- Two Seconds Under the World (1994)
– With Dee Murphy, David Kocieniewski and Peg Tyre.
- 102 Minutes (2005)
– With Kevin Flynn.
- Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted (2000)
– With Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck.
- False Conviction: Innocence, Science and Guilt (2014)
– Interactive book, using video, animations and demonstrations; produced by the New York Hall of Science.
- More Awesome Than Money (2015)
- Jim Dwyer’s New York Times profile
- Jim Dwyer on C-SPAN
- The Innocence Project
- Themis-Athena’s select annotated bibliography of nonfiction books and memoirs