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You Ought to Do a Story about Me


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Ted Jackson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who has spent nearly 34 years with New Orleans's The Times-Picayune. In 1996, he was part of a four-member team that produced Oceans of Trouble, a comprehensive look at the impending collapse of the world's fisheries. The writing and photography broke new ground in the understanding of the environmental crisis unfolding in south Louisiana. The series was awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for public service-the first Pulitzer in the paper's 160-year history. In 2003, he photographed "LEAP Year," a local story about high-stakes school testing, where he documented one eighth-grade class through their year as they prepared for the test. The photographs received recognition from the Robert Kennedy Journalism Awards and won the 2003 American Society of Newspaper Editors Staff Award for Community Service Photojournalism. Through the years, he has covered the physical destruction and emotional trauma of earthquakes and hurricanes, most notably, Hurricane Katrina. For their coverage, The Times-Picayune staff won a Pulitzer Prize for public service and another for breaking news. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and books around the world including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic. He has appeared in interviews on the CBS Morning Show, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and NBC with Dan Rather and Lester Holt, has been interviewed multiple times on NPR, and was one of three subjects featured in a documentary on Hurricane Katrina on The Weather Channel's Hurricane 360. In spring 2017, he was named the first-ever recipient of the Jim Amoss Award, named for the long-time executive editor of The Times-Picayune, in recognition for "extraordinary photojournalism, video production and feature writing...For timeless journalism that has earned the trust of the community and the respect of your colleagues." He lives his wife, Nancy, in Covington, Louisiana.


Gut-wrenching yet hopeful, Jackson's work is a bracing look at the struggles and triumphs on the road to redemption.--Publishers Weekly
"When Jackie Wallace was my teammate with the 1970s Baltimore Colts, I knew him as a man of great talent and great heart. Now thanks to the powerful work of Ted Jackson, we see every haunting detail as Jackie struggled to navigate the decades that followed. It is a story defined by both the brutality of drug addiction and the beauty of friendship, and this book allows us to explore our own thoughts about each." --Bert Jones, former NFL quarterback
"You Ought to Do a Story About Me is elegant in its detail, abundant in its humanity, and poignant in its truth. Jackie is real--and stunningly realized in these pages--and so his path zigs and zags, driven throughout by the unbroken will of the many loving--and also flawed--people orbiting around him. Ted Jackson, the author, is among this constellation, and in his hands the story gracefully encompasses all the messy nuances of sports, fame, romance, male friendship, and the competing angels and demons that reside in us all."
--Jeff Hobbs, author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
"This masterpiece of dogged and loving reporting will astonish you and touch your heart. The struggles and quest for redemption of football star Jackie Wallace make for a fall-from-grace tale that's both unsettling and uplifting."
--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Consistently complex and absorbing...A rich and rewarding narrative about the possibilities--and the challenges--of redemption.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
From football victories to enduring injuries, valiant recovery to lost years, Jackson pieces together Wallace's story with care. Bound by faith, his biography is a painstaking portal into the human condition and how we care for one another.--Booklist
"This book will melt your heart. The story of Jackie Wallace is an unforgettable tale of hope, grace, and the miracle of the human spirit. Ted Jackson writes with searing honesty and deep love for a troubled man who started as his subject and became his lifelong friend."--Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of Ali: A Life and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

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