David L. Itzkoff (born March 2, 1976) is an American journalist and writer who is a culture reporter for The New York Times. He is the author of Cocaine's Son, a memoir about growing up with his drug-abusing father.[2] Before joining the Times, he was an associate editor at Spin magazine and at Maxim.[3]

David Itzkoff
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Itzkoff at the 2014 Montclair Film Festival
David L. Itzkoff

(1976-03-02) March 2, 1976 (age 43)
New York, New York
Alma materPrinceton University
OccupationWriter, journalist, author
Amy Justman (m. 2008)

Early life and familyEdit

Itzkoff was born in New York City to Madelin and Gerald Itzkoff, and grew up in the Bronx.[4] His father was a cocaine addict, which affected Dave's home life considerably.[5] He has a sister, Amanda, a psychiatrist. He is Jewish;[6] his paternal grandfather and great-grandfather were Russian Jews who worked in the fur trade.[7]

Itzkoff obtained his B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University in 1998. He married actress and singer Amy Justman in 2008, and lives in New York.[1]


In 1999, Dave Itzkoff worked as an editorial assistant for Details magazine. He worked for Maxim magazine from 1999 to 2002 and Spin magazine from 2002 to 2006. From June 2007 to July 2008, Itzkoff worked as a freelance editor for the Sunday Styles section in The New York Times. Dave is a culture reporter for The New York Times and writes frequently about film, television and comedy. His latest work is a biography of Robin Williams.[8]


  • Lads: A Memoir of Manhood, published in 2004[9]
  • Cocaine's Son: A Memoir, published in 2011
  • Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, published February 2014. ISBN 978-1250062246[10]
  • Robin, a biography of Robin Williams, published in May 2018


  1. ^ a b "Amy Justman and Dave Itzkoff". The New York Times. September 6, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Langer, Adam (January 13, 2011). "Done With Drugs, But the Legacy Is Unfinished". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Dave Itzkoff". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Langer, Adam (January 13, 2011). "Done With Drugs, But the Legacy Is Unfinished". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Sullivan, James (January 24, 2011). "Surviving his dad's cocaine addiction". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dave Itzkoff on Twitter". Twitter. November 18, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  7. ^ See, Carolyn (January 14, 2011). "Review: Dave Itzkoff's 'Cocaine's Son' has family relationships at its heart". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "How Robin Williams was being torn apart and couldn't fight back". New York Post. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dave Itzkoff Full BIography". Zola Books. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Dave Itzkoff. "Mad as Hell | Dave Itzkoff | Macmillan". Us.macmillan.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014.