Books by Neal Hirschfeld


1987. Silurians, Honorable Mention, feature news, for story on mercury poisoning at Pymm Thermometer plant.

1987. New York State Bar Assn., Honorable Mention, magazine writing, for story on mercury poisoning.

1986. United Press International, New York State, First Prize, feature writing, for magazine story on New Jersey State trooper who experienced psychological difficulties after infiltrating Mafia.

1986. New York Press Club, Honorable Mention, feature writing, for story on N.J. state trooper who infiltrated Mafia.

1985. Meyer Berger Award, Columbia University, for magazine articles about Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and Ellis Island immigrants.

1985. New York State Bar Assn., First Prize, magazine writing, for story on how attorneys can defend accused murderers they know to be guilty.

1985. New York State Associated Press Assn., First Prize, feature writing, for magazine story about New Jersey State trooper who infiltrated Mafia.

1981. New York State Associated Press Assn., First Prize, feature writing, for three-part series about convicted female murderer seeking clemency.

1980. New York State Associated Press Assn., First Prize, deadline writing, for coverage of murder of organized crime boss Carmine Galante.

1980. Women’s Press Club of New York City, First Prize, for “Turnstile Justice” multi-part series about subway criminals with long records of recidivism.

1980. New York Press Club, First Prize, feature writing, for in-depth profile of the Bolden family of the Bronx, “The First Family of Crime,” four brothers and one sister—all with arrest records. And father was a minister.


The author on a recent trip to Spain.

Neal Hirschfeld is an author, screenwriter and prize-winning journalist.

He is the co-author of "Detective," the ground-breaking autobiography of Kathy Burke, who was the most highly decorated woman detective in the history of the New York Police Department. Published by Lisa Drew Books/​Scribner/​Simon & Schuster in September of 2006, "Detective" has been compared to a "female Serpico."

Hirschfeld previously authored "Homicide Cop (Berkley Books), which profiled Detective Carolann Natale, one of the first women detectives in the New York Police Department assigned to homicide investigations.

He has written screenplays under contract to Warner Brothers, Tri-Star Films, HBO Showcase and Universal Television.

And he has authored major articles for Smithsonian Magazine, Reader’s Digest, O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, TV Guide, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, McCall’s, Redbook, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Newsday.

An editor and reporter for 17 years at the New York Daily News, Hirschfeld won numerous awards for his journalism. He also has taught journalism as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and New York University.

Hirschfeld graduated from New York University and Northwestern University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Hirschfeld and his wife, Janet Parker, a graphic designer and art director, live in Portland, Oregon, with their wily and willful (but incredibly lovable) soft-coated wheaten terrier, Frankie.