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Mark Whitaker


Mark Whitaker

Mark Whitaker is the former Managing Editor of CNN, Washington bureau chief for NBC News and reporter and editor at Newsweek magazine, where he rose to become the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. His critically acclaimed family memoir, MY LONG TRIP HOME tells the story of his parents --- a star-crossed interracial couple who married in the 1950s --- and his grandparents, black undertakers from Pittsburgh and French Protestants who helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II. His latest book, COSBY: His Life and Times is the first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Whitaker lives in New York City with his wife, journalist and educator Alexis Gelber, and they have two adult children, Rachel and Matthew.

Mark Whitaker

Books by Mark Whitaker

by Mark Whitaker - Biography, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Popular, Popular Culture

Published on the 30th anniversary of “The Cosby Show,” this book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Bill Cosby’s bestselling albums, breakout role on “I Spy” and pioneering place in children’s TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas --- from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of 50 years.

by Mark Whitaker - Memoir, Nonfiction

An award-winning journalist sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives --- and his own.