Teresa Carpenter

Teresa Carpenter (born 1948) is an American author. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for best feature writing.

Teresa Carpenter
Born1948 (age 7071)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.[1]
OccupationAuthor, columnist
EducationB.A, English literature
M.A., Journalism
Alma materGraceland University (B.A.), University of Missouri (M.A.)[1]
GenreNon-fiction, true crime
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Feature Writing (1981)
SpouseSteven Levy


Teresa Carpenter was born in Independence, Missouri. She lives with her husband Steven Levy in New York's Greenwich Village.

She is the author of four books: Without a Doubt (1997) (with Marcia Clark), a New York Times #1 bestseller, Missing Beauty (1988), a New York Times bestseller, and The Miss Stone Affair (2003). She is also the editor of New York Diaries 1609–2009.

Arlyne Brickman, the Mafia informant and mob moll, was the subject of Carpenter's non-fiction book Mob Girl: A Woman's Life in the Underworld published by Simon & Schuster.[2]

Carpenter's articles have appeared in several anthologies:

  • Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories, edited by David Garlock
  • Profiles in Courage for our Time, edited by Caroline Kennedy
  • The Village Voice Anthology, edited by Geoffrey Stokes
  • Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines, edited by Edward Jay Friedlander and John Lee
  • Excellence in Reporting, edited by Edward Jay Friedlander, Harry Marsh and Mike Masterson.


Her articles in the Village Voice in the 1980s won the Pulitzer Prize for best feature writing, as well as two Clarion awards, the Page One award, and the Front Page award. Carpenter was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer in Feature Writing for her account of model Dorothy Stratten's death, after it was revealed that the original winning article, by Janet Cooke of the Washington Post, was a fabrication.[3]


  1. "About Teresa [Carpenter]". Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  2. Diane Cole, "In Love With Crime. The Sad, Brutal Story Of A Woman Who Fell For The Mob", review in The Chicago Tribune, March 22, 1992
    - Susan Campbell, "Mob Girl's Story Falls Short Of Why", review in The Courant, March 8, 1992
    - Leah Rozen, "Accessory During the Fact : MOB GIRL: A Woman's Life in the Underworld", review in The Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1992
  3. "1981 Winners and Finalists". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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