Cari Lynn is a journalist and award-winning author of both nonfiction and fiction.
She is the co-author of the 2018 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literary Work, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (The New Press, 2017) about the life of social justice crusader Susan Burton. The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof calls the book "stunning" and deems Susan Burton "a national treasure."
Previously, Cari wrote Kathryn Bolkovac's memoir, The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice (Palgrave Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, 2011), the true story of a police officer who blew the whistle on a human trafficking ring.
The Whistleblower received international attention and press, and was presented at the United Nations and The Hague, as well as Cornell, Columbia, Loyola Law School, Brandeis, Vanderbilt, and Brown universities. The Whistleblower major motion picture starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave premiered in 2011.
Cari wrote the nonfiction book Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar World of Commodities Trading (Broadway Books/Doubleday, 2004) after spending two years undercover in the vicious, open-outcry trading pits of Chicago. Receiving a Starred Kirkus review, the book was featured in numerous publications, from The Economist to O, The Oprah Magazine. It was named Readers' Choice by Elle magazine. Cari was featured on CNN, PBS and NPR, and FOX optioned Leg the Spread for TV/film
Other books include the story of a doctor who rescued orphans from third-world countries, and the story of a real-life Dr. Doolittle, Help for the Hopeless Child. Cari's fiction debut, Madam: A Novel of New Orleans (Penguin/Plume, 2014), and numerous ghost-written books for celebrities, leaders in business and entrepreneurs.
Her credits include features for numerous magazines and newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal, O:The Oprah Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Health, Good Housekeeping, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, The
Guardian, Deadline Hollywood, and Awardsline. Her short fiction has appeared in Nikki Finke's Hollywood Dementia.
Cari received an M.A. in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She completed a fellowship in Business Journalism at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. A long-time Chicagoan, she now lives in Los Angeles.
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