From 1986 to 2001, Tye was a reporter at The Boston Globe, where his primary beat was medicine. He also served as the Globe's environmental reporter, roving national writer, investigative reporter and sports writer. Before that, he was the environmental reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, and covered government and business at The Anniston Star in Anniston, Alabama.
Tye was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993–1994 and has won a series of major newspaper awards, including the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Journalism.
Two of Tye's books, one on the Pullman porters and another on electroconvulsive therapy, have been adapted into documentary films. Sony and Hulu are making his Bobby Kennedy bio  into a limited TV series, with Chris Pine due to play Robert Kennedy.
To support his books, Tye has won a Goldsmith Research Prize from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, and research grants from the Newberry Library and Gilder Lehrman Institute. His books have won awards, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness's highest honor for one on mental illness co-authored with Kitty Dukakis. Tye's biography of Satchel Paige was named a New York Times Notable Book, and won two prizes—the Casey Award and Seymour Medal—as best baseball book of 2009.
Tye additionally is director of the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which each year trains 10 American medical journalists on better covering issues in this field.
Education and TeachingEdit
Tye, who graduated from Brown University, taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern University and Tufts University.
- The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations (Crown Publishing Group, 1998. ISBN 978-0517704356)
- Homelands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora (Henry Holt & Company, 2001. ISBN 978-0805065909)
- Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class (Henry Holt & Company, 2004/ ISBN 978-0805070750)
- Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy, co-written by Kitty Dukakis (Avery Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1583332832)
- Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend (Random House, 2009. ISBN 978-1400066513.
- Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero (Random House, 2012. ISBN 978-1400068661)
- Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon (Random House, 2016. ISBN 978-0812993349)
Honors and awardsEdit
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- "Bobby Kennedy's life inspires a Hulu series".
- "Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. July 5, 2009. Archived from the original on December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "Casey Award: Best Baseball Book of the Year". Spitball. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "Larry Tye Wins Seymour Medal for "Satchel"". Society for American Baseball Research. March 8, 2010. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010.
- Interview  with Larry Tye about Bobby Kennedy: The making of a liberal icon on NPR's Fresh Air with guest host Dave Davies.
- Interview with Larry Tye about Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend on NPR's Fresh Air with guest host Dave Davies.
- Interview with Larry Tye and Kitty Dukakis about Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
- Interview with Larry Tye about Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Works by Larry Tye in libraries (WorldCat catalog)