JOE DOMANICK

Biography

Joe Domanick is an award-winning investigative journalist and author described in the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most outspoken of the breed... a muckraking journalist [who] continues to pound away at police officials ...and other civic center hotshots. In pen and in person he’s got a tough and hungry manner that makes them uncomfortable.”

Currently, Domanick is Associate Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, West Coast editor of The CrimeReport.org and editor and host of CMCJ's Juvenile Justice New Network forum: http:/​/​juvenilejusticenetwork.ning.com . As adjunct professor, he taught courses at the School of Journalism of USC Annenberg’s School for Communication from 1999 to 2012.

Over the past decade, Domanick has played a key role in creating and moderating seminars at USC and CUNY, attended by nearly 500 criminal justice journalists and editors across the nation. The seminars focus on improving coverage of criminal justice issues, and include law makers, judges, community activists, criminologists and ex-convicts and gang members. The seminars have taken place across the nation, from New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Indianapolis, to Florida, Nevada and Wisconsin.

Domanick's book Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics Of Crime in America’s Golden State was named “Best Books of 2004” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

His previous book, To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams, won the 1995 Edgar Allan Poe Award for “Best True Crime” non-fiction book.

His first book, Faking It In America, is about one of the most audacious stock market swindles of the 1980s and was bought by New Line Cinema to be made into a feature film.

Domanick’s feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Maxim, Playboy, Los Angeles Magazine, the L.A. Weekly, Ms., Spin, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Daily News, and the Washington Journalism Review. Over 50 of Domanick’s opinion pieces have been featured in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section.

From 1999-2001, Domanick hosted a twice-weekly, drive-time show on news and current affairs on radio station KPFK-FM. (Pacifica Radio network.) He has appeared as a commentator on CBS, NBC and ABC network nightly news shows, and on CNN, NPR and the BBC.
He holds graduate degrees in social science from Hunter College, CUNY; in sociology and education from Columbia University, and in broadcast journalism from USC Annenberg School of Journalism.

Domanick’s Master's thesis, "Why Vietnam?," a video documentary, won the 1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' National Student Emmy for best investigative journalism.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
Cruel Justice is a character-driven narrative about the impact that "the toughest law in America" has had on the lives of more than a dozen Californians.
To Protect and to Serve won the 1995 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best (True Crime) Non-Fiction Book.
Faking It In America is about one of the most colorful and audacious stock market swindles of the '80s. Faking It has been bought by New Line Cinema to be made into a feature film.