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 about the life of criminal justice crusader, Susan Burton. In the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof called the book "stunning" and deemed Susan Burton "a national treasure." The book is in the curriculum at numerous universities, included UCLA School of Law and Hofstra's school of Public Health.
Previously, Cari wrote Kathryn Bolkovac's memoir, The Whistleblower, the true story of a police officer who busted a sex-trafficking ring involving her fellow officers. 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 after she spent 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, and was named Readers' Choice by Elle. Cari was featured on CNN, PBS and NPR, and Leg the Spread has been optioned by a major studio for a TV
or film adaptation.
Other books include the story of a doctor who rescued orphans from third-world countries, 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 New York Times, 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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