ELLIS HENICAN is a New York Times bestselling author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and a popular TV news pundit. He is also the voice of Stormy on the hit Cartoon Network series Sealab 2021.
Ellis is a born storyteller. His How to Catch a Russian Spy, written with American double-agent Naveed Jamali (Scribner), was called “the funniest book I read” by Washington Post critic Carlos Lozada and is being made into a feature film by director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider Man) for Twentieth Century Fox.
Ellis wrote the ground-breaking Vigilance with longtime New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly (Hachette Books) and Worth Dying For with Navy SEAL commander Rorke Denver (Howard Books), a follow-up to their special-ops bestseller Damn Few (Hyperion). Making It in America, with furniture titan John Bassett III (Center Street), tells how U.S. companies in the Trump era can survive foreign competition and keep American jobs at home. Bassett, who refused to close his factory in Virginia, is the focus of an upcoming HBO miniseries being developed by Tom Hanks’s Playtone Productions.
Ellis’s other books include the bestsellers Home Team with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (New American Library), In the Blink of an Eye with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip (Hyperion, optioned for film by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions), DOC with troubled baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden (New Harvest), The Party’s Over with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Dutton) and Amish Confidential with Lebanon Levi Stoltzfus (Gallery Books), star of the Discovery Channel hit series Amish Mafia.
Ellis’s latest title, Tuesday’s Promise, tells the story of former Army captain Luis Carlos Montalván (Hachette Books, May 2017). A Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, Montalván battled crippling PTSD before connecting with his Golden Retriever service dog.
For 20 years, Ellis wrote a three-day-a-week column in New York’s Newsday, sharing his unique take on the news and leading the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Union Square train wreck. Today he writes a weekly column “Trump’s America” for Metro Newspapers. He hosted a daily, afternoon-drive radio show on WOR/710 in New York and a weekend show for Bloomberg Radio. He spent 13 years as a contributor to the Fox News Channel and now appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, i24 and other networks where he is known for his lively analysis of national politics. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker, panel moderator and event host.
A native of New Orleans, Ellis is a graduate of Jesuit High School, Hampshire College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he won the top student prize, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City with his wife, criminal-defense attorney Stephanie Carvlin, and he keeps finding excuses to return to his beloved New Orleans.