Paul Connolly is the pseudonym of American journalist Thomas Grey "Tom" Wicker. Born in Hamlet, North Carolina on June 18, 1926, he graduated from the University of North Carolina and won a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1957. Wicker is best known as a political reporter and columnist for The New York Times, which he joined in the early 1950s, but at the same time he wrote three pulp novels for Gold Medal Books as Paul Connolly. After that, he wrote another seven novels as Tom Wicker as well as a series of political histories about U.S. presidents. In 1975, he won an Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book for A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt. Wicker also wrote the Times lead story about the assassination of President Kennedy, having ridden in the Dallas motorcade that accompanied him. He died from an apparent heart attack on November 25, 2011.



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