David Carr is a former crack addict-turned-media columnist and culture reporter at the New York Times. He is the host of the well-received 2011 documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times.
Carr started his career in the late 1980s at the Twin Cities Reader, in his home state of Minnesota, where he would eventually become editor. He would also soon become addicted to cocaine, however, and quickly careened into a dark world of violence, poverty, and heavy drug use. After several failed rehabilitation attempts, Carr finally sobered up by his 30s and turned his life around as a reporter for the New York Times, where he remains today. He has also written for New York Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly.
Carr, piquant with a tight, raspy voice and pronounced stoop (due to treatment for Hodgkin's disease), is perhaps best known for his raw, meticulously researched memoir Night of the Gun, which chronicles his life as an addict and his subsequent turnaround.
Carr lives with his his wife, Jill, in Montclair, New Jersey with their three daughters.
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